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Bonnie Burnards Joyride The story that unfolds in Bonnie Burnards Joyride in which a woman attempts to evade the harassment of three truck drivers is narrated from third-person limited omniscient point-of-view to present the reader with information regarding the thoughts and experiences of the protagonist the woman The story would be completely different had it been narrated from third-person limited point-of-view because we wouldnt be privy to her imagination nor to her close relationship with her family members Furthermore narration from the womans first-person point-of-view would show the situation as being far more menacing than it actually is As we will see the storys effectiveness is directly related to the fact that it is narrated in third-person limited omniscient The storys opening establishes the woman as being imaginative this helps the reader to assume that her thoughts will have an important role which will have an affect on the situation The first paragraph shows that the woman amuses herself with her imagination since she Hopes to catch the exact moment of connection between the warm round base and the flat wheat fields 56 This game 56 she thinks up shows that her imagination is creative enough to stop her boredom Furthermore her belief that others play the same game not only re-enforces her character as having an inventive mind but also shows that her thoughts are pleasant and peaceful Her thoughts are portrayed near the beginning of the story to show the womans wild imagination and the transformation it undergoes once her safety begins to deteriorate Throughout the story the womans imagination alters the intensity of the situation causing her rationality and emotionality to change Her thoughts often heighten her fears and modify the situation to be worse than necessary As the night begins to escalate her imagination gets the best of her which causes an image of rape to jump easily to her mind 57 although the truck drivers do not show their
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