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Carrie Browns’ “Miniature Man”  is told in first person by our narrator, Tomas.  Thanks to this point of view, we the readers are able empathize with Gregorio and understand that he is a very dedicated and determined person. However the point of view does affect the way we perceive the events of the short story because unlike most narrations Tomas lets us, the readers, come up with our own opinion of Gregorio. Rather than giving us a clean cut view, something that most narrations do. The passage below is an example of Tomas’ affect on us readers.

For there was Patrick freed from his carriage and tethered to Gregorio’s ankle by means of a long rope, happily crawling about or playing with the stones or the sand, filthy, of course, but completely occupied. I imagine no one had ever let him get so dirty or have so much self-determination. And there was Gregorio, paper on his knee, charcoal in his hand, drawling his baby nephew  in various attitudes, drawling the castle, drawling the clouds, drawling the rooftops of the village bellow.

This memory and the way it is described helps us see that Gregorio is a dedicated and determined person, who is truly misjudged as a fool. However Tomas never tells us this or his opinion, he never says that it is horrible and irresponsible, nor does he say that it is a sweet and loving scene. Actually in the paragraph before he denies that this scene is negative or positive, but Tomas has choose to put in words that make us perceive this memory as a positive. Words like happily, self-determination, and freed are words that are associated with a positive outlook. So, as we read, we perceive this memory as a loving one and therefor feel sorry for Gregorio when others treat him poorly.

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