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The narrator in a given story sets the tone for the rest of it For example if the narrator is the main character the audience gets full insight into the main characters thoughts on the events An omniscient narrator can look into the thoughts of any character at any time which can make the story drag on but it can also be used to create twists like giving the audience information of which the protagonist is ignorant In Charles Chestnutts The Goophered Grapevine from the Atlantic Monthly and Mark Twains Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog from The Bedford Anthology of American Literature the narrator is first person but the story is mostly told to the narrator from a character In both instances the narrators negative impression of the storyteller made the audience see the storyteller as less intelligent or credible In The Goophered Grapevine the narrator is a man who is looking for a new residence with his wife in North Carolina on which he will be able to have a successful vineyard He found an old plantation that he liked which had once thrived in its production of scuppernongs and showed it to his wife On their tour they discovered Uncle Julius a venerable-looking colored man Chestnutt p 254 This man proceeds to tell them the story of the previous owner of the vineyard and how he had it bewitched to prevent the slaves from eating the grapes He introduces the story as Well suh you is a stranger ter me en I is a stranger ter you en we is bofe strangers ter one anudder but f I uz in yo place I wouldn buy dis vimyad I wouldn spec fer you ter blieve me less you know all bout de facs But ef you en young miss dere doan min lisnin ter a ole nigger run on a minute er two wile you er restin I kin splain to yer how
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