The Color of Water

by James McBride

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What is the point of view in Chapter 14 of The Color of Water?

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The Color of Water by James McBride is a unique memoir because the narration switches between McBride himself and his mother. Half of the chapters are from McBride's point of view reflecting on his childhood. The rest take on his mother's point of view in her own distinctive voice. The whole text is written in the first-person point of view; it's just that the narrator switches between McBride and his mother.

The odd chapters are his mother's perspective, while the even chapters are narrated by McBride. Chapter fourteen, called "The Chicken Man," is from the first-person point of view of James McBride. He tells the reader about how he got into trouble in school and with the law, so his mother, Ruth, sends him to his sister's house in Kentucky. There, he meets the Chicken Man who the chapter is named after.

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