Narrator and point of view

The short story “A Shocking Accident” by Graham Greene is a third-person narrative rendered by an anonymous narrator who follows Jerome through the years, from his childhood to the moment when he is preparing to get married.

The third-person narrator has insight into Jerome’s thoughts and feelings. For example, when Jerome is called into the housemaster’s office, the narrator knows that the boy has “no fear of trouble”. Also, the narrator knows that Jerome idolises his father:

Jerome worshipped his father: the verb is exact. As man re-creates God, so Jerome re-created his father - from a restless widowed author into a mysterious adventurer who travelled in far places - Nice, Beirut, Majorca, even the Canaries.

The narrator can also tell the re...

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