Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Music Room” by Stephen King is narrated in the past tense by a third-person narrator. The narrator is reliable, because he or she appears to recount the events as they happen. The narrator’s credibility is not compromised in any way, since the narration does not seem fragmented, and the reader’s understanding of the text is not reduced.

The narrator’s point of view is limited because he or she offers insights only about Mrs. Enderby’s state of mind. The narrator only presents her thoughts, wishes, and emotions: “she had no intention of doing that” (p. 120, ll. 26-27); “She had been hoping that tonight would see the end of him” (p. 122, ll. 14-15). The narration also follows the action as Mrs. Enderby sees and experiences it. For example, the reader cannot know what Timmons is doing or feeling inside the closet because Mrs. Enderby herself does not possess this information. The narrator states that Mrs. Enderby imagines how Timmons’ “neck would have grown scrawny, and how his formerly plump face would have stretched long as his body gobbled the fat and musculature there in order to stay alive” (p. 122, ll. 28-30). However, this is not  certain information and, therefore, the read...

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