Narrator and point of view

The short story “No Witchcraft for Sale” by Doris Lessing is a third-person narration. This means the narrator is not one of the characters but exists outside the narrated events.

The way the story is narrated, with information about past and future, about the Farquars and the doctors, suggests the narrator might be omniscient. However, it is hard to tell precisely what level of knowledge the narrator has.

Occasionally, the narrator uses the point of view of some of the characters, the Farquars and Gideon. Here is an example illustrating Gideon’s perspective: “Gideon looked from Mrs. Farquar to Mr. Farquar, and then at the little boy, who was showing great importance because of the occasion.” (p. 3, ll. 17-19)

However, most of the time we sense...

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