Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Other Daughter” by Joanne C. Hillhouse is narrated from a first-person point of view by the unnamed main character, a young woman. The first-person narration allows readers to access the narrator’s inner thoughts and understand more about the character, the events, and her perspective on them.

Though the first person perspective mostly limits us to the narrator's thoughts and feelings, she is also perceptive enough to have an insight into some characters, even as a child. For example, she is able to notice others’ prejudiced attitude: “She looked like the ladies at church – the old ones who sometimes served as lay priests, pumped up on their own importance – cutting their eyes at my mother and looking at me with pity.” (ll. 67-68)

As a young adult, the narrator has gained a deeper understanding of her...

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