Narrator and point of view

“Indian Camp” is told through a third person narrator with the point of view limited to Nick. He is the one through whom all events are focalized which means that we see things through his eyes. We never get a lot of direct information about Nick’s inner thoughts because he is characterized implicitly. We do, however, get closer to Nick’s feelings and thoughts than to those of the other characters.

One example is the description of Nick’s thoughts during the C-section: “Nick held the basin for his father. It all took a long time” (p. 14, ll. 35-36). It does not say directly that Nick finds the operation highly unpleasant or that he is wondering when his father will let him step away. But from the phrase “It all took a long time” we get a good impression of how he feels in that situa...

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