Spencer Holst’s The Zebra Storyteller: A Point of View Analysis

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Point of view in a text plays a key role in establishing the direction that the plot will take. The narrator has the ability to guide the reader in the direction in which they desire. Allowing knowledge to be retained or granted at free will. Through a third person narrator in Spencer Holst’s “The Zebra Storyteller” the idea that plot may be controlled by the power of an omniscient point of view is explored. The text “The Zebra Storyteller” is depicted through a third person narrator: “Once upon a time there was a Siamese cat […][who] spoke inappropriate Zebraic” (1). The narrator introduces all characters in the short story at it’s own pace. He or she gives us only the information needed to be able to draw conclusions. The narrator appears to be an observer who has been granted privileged knowledge of the characters at hand. He or she has insight into the characters actions, feelings and thoughts: “through [the zebra’s] mind ran plots” (21). In a first person point of view only the view of the character that is narrating is presented. In “The Zebra Storyteller” the power of narration and plot guidance has been granted to a third person point of view who is all knowing; he or she holds an omniscient point of view. This presents the idea that the narrator in the short story has the power to control the thoughts presented, as only those that are relevant to the story are offered. From these details alone, meaning is to be extracted from the text to acquire the relevance

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