RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #350

From: marianne.macdonald@lineone.net
Date: 07 Jun 2002

> i remember getting a bad feeling about that right off the
>bat. my feeling was, "tell me what he said and i'll decide for
But mikermedarlin', when this is working the way it OUGHT to, the point of it is to offer a double perspective of objective fact (what he says, as in 3rd person narrative) and the attitude of the 1st person narrator to it. As the reader, you are concerned with both. If somebody is telling you what to think, you can equally be told that in the 3rd person, and can equally judge it yourself, but the sidelight of a first-person reaction and reproduction is not there. Am I making any sense? There is no particular point in writing a first-person narrative which is trying to be objective. The subject matter in first-person narrative is not just the setting and the other characters, but the eyes and mind of the narrator.


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