Narrator and point of view

The short story “Kittens” by Dean Koontz is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. However, most of the events are told from Marnie’s perspective, except for at the end, when the narrator switches to a different point of view.

Throughout the story, we are given plenty of insights into Marnie’s thoughts: “Why, when there were hundreds upon thousands of kittens in the world, did God have to take all four of hers? Was God selfish?” (p. 420, ll. 21-23). Marnie’s parents and her siblings are also seen through her eyes. The language even sounds like that of a child: “Mr Alphabet and Mr Numbers” (p. 421, ll. 5-6). Her father is never referred to by name until at the end of the story, and the only time we hear her mother’s name is when the father addresses her. This could be because children rar...

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