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In Short stories and other types of written work we encounter specific problems of understanding and interpretation From Vanessa in The Loons to the son in Borders and the mother in I Stand Here Ironing the first person narrative viewpoint exposes a great deal about the narrator the Characters and circumstances We cannot count on the first person point of view because they are not aware of what the other characters are thinking The mother in Tillie Olsens story says it herself she does not know her daughter She has lived for nineteen years There is all that life that has happened outside of me beyond me p 576 As she goes on and explains how shes been remotely away in the young girls life we can feel that she does not know what Emily feels or think She feels guilty of not being there for her daughter when she needed her most when Emily use to ask how beautiful she had been and would be The mother did not think Emily was beautiful but answered that she was now to the seeing eyes eyes that were nonexistent She was not there to make Emily feel better about herself If they are not omniscient they cannot inform us the readers about what is happening in the passage When the young boy in the story Borders is sent by his mother to see when the museum opens we know that she wants to be alone with her daughter But because the narrator is not in the car at the moment we do not know what was said or what was done In Kings work we detect that the narrator is trying to participate more in the story When he asks a question to his mother and she does not respond or if she says something completely out of the subject He cannot confront her because he is just
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