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In A Good Man Is Hard To Find Flannery OConnor uses a variety of narrative techniques to create an intriguing story OConnor writes from a third person narrator and tells the story from the perspective of the Grandmother The point of view straddles the line between limited omniscience and total omniscience According to Janet Burroughway in her book Writing Fiction limited omniscience is when the narrator interprets one characters actions and thoughts but we see the others only externally 226 Burroughway describes the total omniscient author as God 224 Burroughway gives us five advantages of total omniscience 1 Objectively report what is happening bodyOffer2 Go into the mind of any character 3 Interpret for us that characters appearance speech actions and thoughts even if the character cannot do so 4 Move freely in time or space to give us a panoramic telescopic microscopic or historical view tell us what else has happened elsewhere or in the past or what will happen in the future 5 Provide general reflections judgements and truths 225 OConnor lets us know whose story this is in the first two lines The grandmother didnt want to go to Florida She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennessee and she was seizing at every chance to change Baileys mind 2148 OConnor is not giving us any thoughts She is giving us background information about what happens just before the story starts that only an omniscient or panoramic narrator would know She does however limit the point of view to the grandmother and continues to do so in the next lines Bailey was the son she lived with her only boy 2148 The only action we see is as it relates to the limited view of the grandmother Bailey didnt look up from his reading so she wheeled around then and faced the childrens mother a young woman in slacks 2148
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