Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Moose and the Sparrow” by Hugh Garner is told by a first-person narrator, Mr Anderson, who is a secondary character. 

As a first-person witness of the events, the narrator is insightful, offering valuable information about the characters’ personalities and motivations. For instance, he makes a subjective but accurate assessment of the extent of Moose’s hatred for Cecil and its possible outcome: “I knew that Moose was capable of going to almost any lengths to prevent Cecil leaving the camp without breaking down at least once; his urge seemed to me almost insane” (p. 211, ll. 22-24). He also understands why Moose bullies Cecil (p. 211, ll. 9-15). 

The narrator gives his own opinions on the events. This suggests his perspective is subjective. For instance, he makes assumptions about Moose being a high-school dropout and about his th...

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