Narrator and point of view

The story “The Boogeyman” by Stephen King is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. The point of view switches to the first-person when Lester Billings recounts the past events in his extensive dialogue with Dr Harper, which makes up the majority of the story: “After a while, though, when he didn't stop, I started putting him to bed myself. And if he didn't stop crying I'd give him a whack.” (p. 3, ll. 3-4)

At the beginning, the third-person narrator appears to have access to Dr Harper’s thoughts, as we see Lester Billings through his eyes: “Dr Harper said nothing. He thought that Billings looked haggard and old. His hair was thinning, his complexion sallow. His eyes held all the miserable secrets of whisky.” (p. 1, ll. 23-24). The perspective appears to be maintained throughout the story, as the narrator occasionally makes assumptions about Lester’s thoughts, as if from Dr Harper’s perspective, such as: “ ‘Okay’, Billings echoed with uneasy arrogance. He seemed to have lost the thread of his thought,...

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