The analysis of the short story “Child of God” by Genevieve Abravanel shows that the story has a chronological structure. The narrator recounts the night when she drove drunk, accidentally killing killed a young Amish boy and the aftermath of the accident.
The main character of the story is the unnamed narrator. She is a young woman who appears to be unwilling to take accountability for her actions and who does not seem to want to change.
The physical setting of the story is Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States. Several clues in the story also help to pinpoint a specific time setting, a weekday night in September. The social setting explores the Amish way of life.
The story is told from the perspective of a first-person narrator who is also the main character. The narrator’s reliability is at times called into question.
The events are told using informal and fairly simple language. The use of short sentences helps to reflect the narrator’s frame of mind.
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