Narrator and point of view

The events in the short story “Making Cabinets” by Richard Christian Matheson are told by a third-person narrator. The narrator mainly adopts the woman’s point of view and presents the events from her perspective, which means readers get access to her thoughts and feelings. 

For example, the woman’s perspective helps readers understand that every dish on the menu reminds her of torture: “But the tomatoes; the cook would slice them open, their seeded flesh unprotected, seeping helplessly”. The narrator knows what happens inside both the woman’s mind and body: “The thin woman’s stomach twists. She imagines the dead flesh using her mouth like a coffin; fights nausea”. 

The narrator also has access to the woman’s memories and helps readers unders...

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