Narrator and point of view

Ron Rash’s story “Last Burned Bridge” is a third-person narrative. The narrator is outside the story and presents the events from the point of view of the main character Carlyle. Readers have access to Carlyle’s thoughts and memories, which make him more relatable and helps explain the way he acts towards the woman.

The woman is only presented from Carlyle’s perspective: “She looked abandoned, like the dogs that appeared from time to time…” (ll. 28-29). This shows readers how Carlyle perceives others, but also has the effect of giving the woman a very raw portrait, showi...

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