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“I ate roast beef and¬†watched him charm everyone but me.” (507)

Francine Prose’s “Talking Dog” is written in first person point of view with a omniscient narrator. The narrator is the younger sister of a girl who acts as if she can speak to animals. While the reader knows what the narrator is thinking, they do not know what all of the other characters are thinking. This filters and changes our perspective of the story and other characters. If the story ¬†were to be told from the mother’s perspective, we would know the worry the mother the mother has for her older daughter. If the story had been told from the perspective of the older sister, we would understand why she acts as if she can hear and talk to animals. We would know how she feels about the death and reappearance of Jimmy Kowalchuk.

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