Narrator and point of view

The short story “One of My Best Friends” by Peter Goldsworthy is told by a first-person narrator, who is also the main character. The story is told by an adult narrator who talks about recent events, like his reunion with Willy. However, the narrator also recalls events from the past: “My old man was in the Force, and forever being posted from town to town - so I had a lot of first days, in a lot of different schools.” (p. 78, ll. 12-14)

Throughout the story, the narrator only talks about his feelings and experiences, and only assumes what the others might feel: “I guess he was just starved for human contact” (p. 78, ll. 28-29). He also assumes that Willy’s stories about his childhood are exaggerations: “Even if half of it was bullshit, who could blame him for turning into such a miserable sneak” (p. 79, ll. 7-8). The narrator is also unaware of Willy’s feelings, and he makes no effort to get to know him better, pretending...

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