Narrator and point of view

The narrator of the short story “The Parents” by Kelly Cherry is the collective character of the parents. Consequently, the narration is conveyed in the first person plural: “We bring our babies…” (p. 47, l. 1).

The story is told only from the point of view of the parents, who have limited knowledge of the events. They do not know where their children are when they get lost at the parade, or what they are doing at the cinema. The collective narrator’s point of view is noticeable in examples like: “Lost at the parade! Where are our babies, our babies? We are looking for them everywhere, frantically, everyone helping and shouting: Find the babies!” (p. 47, ll. 8-10); “We kiss them and hug them, but we are secretly frightened by their remarkabl...

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