The Narrative Voice in Araby, Livvie and The Yellow Wallpaper

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The Narrative Voice in Araby, Livvie and The Yellow Wallpaper

 

I hadn't really considered the importance of the narrative voice on the way the story is told until now. In "Araby", "Livvie" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" the distinctive narrative voices and their influences shed light on hidden meanings and the narrator's credibility.
        In "Araby" the story is told from the point of view of a man remembering a childhood experience. The story is told in the first person. The reader has access to the thoughts of the narrator as he relives his experience of what we assume is his first crush. We do not know how the girl feels about him. The narrator's youth and inexperience influence his
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When introducing Miss Baby Marie and Cash, the narrator  alludes to the temptation they represent for Livvie, but even then there is a sense of objectivity, that these are Livvie's choices. The narrator separates himself/herself from dictating to the reader how we should judge Livvie and Solomon. We are told their story from a detached point of view and are entrusted with interpreting these characters for ourselves, based on our own biases and opinions. 
         In "The Yellow Wallpaper" the story is told from the point of view of the doctor's wife who has been prescribed a "rest cure" for her nervous condition. The story is told in the first person and the reader only has access to her thoughts. Her husband has a large impact on her,  yet the reader is not permitted to hear anything from his point of view.  We are left to make assumptions about his motives and character based on what his wife tells us. This limited narrative point of view helps the reader to experience the wife's feelings of isolation as the reader is isolated as well. The wife tells her story through her secret correspondence with the reader. She confesses her desire for companionship and her fears of her mental deterioration. The story is biased as the woman is reaching out to the reader with her story as a means of saving

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