Analysis Of Recitatif

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How the Narrator's Point of View Effects the Reader's Understanding: Recitatif
The point of view of a narrator can make or break a story, as the narrator is extremely important to the reader's understanding of a story. Different points of view and different narrators can oftentimes affect the point the story is attempting to portray and it even change what the reader believes the story is about. If someone were to go through a story written in a first-person narrative story and change all the pronouns to a third-person point of view, or even a first person plural point of view, it can distort the way the reader understands and comprehends the story.
Recitatif is a short story about two little girls left in St. Bonnies, an orphanage, for …show more content…

Most stories based in the 1950's-1960's explicitly state the race of their character in order to show how race played a role in their life, though the story of Twyla and Roberta showed how race worked into their life while also keeping their race a secret. For Morrison, not portraying race as the main component of the story was important in order to have the reader understand the character's struggle through inference rather than through what the author says.
If the story had been written from a third person's point of view: keeping the race of Twyla and Roberta a sort of secret would have been much more difficult, but having it written in the first-person point of view of Twyla, the main character, allowed the author to talk about their race without explicitly saying what race they are. The reader understands the story differently based on who is telling the story and the point of view of the narrator.
If Maggie, a secondary character who was at the orphanage with both Roberta and Twyla, were to retell Morrison's Recitatif from her point of view it would be much different, she would probably have mentioned the race of Twyla and Roberta directly. Maggie also would not have known the details of their lives that happened after they left St. Bonnies, so their multiple reencounters outside of the orphanage would not have been known, but I feel their time at St. Bonnies would have gone into much more detail, assuming Maggie was actually just mute and not deaf. If

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