Narrator and point of view

The short story “She Shall Not Be Moved” by Shereen Pandit is told by a first-person narrator who is also the main character. 

Throughout the story, we have access to the narrator’s thoughts and feelings regarding the ongoing events, which are seen entirely from her perspective. 

The narrator also makes several assumptions about the other characters, some of which are contradicted later by the events themselves. For instance, when the driver comes out, she expects him to tell the white women to move (ll. 60-61). Instead, the driver begins to shout at the Somali woman. Another assumption she makes which proves incorrect is about the young people who get on the bus: 

At a couple of stops some pretty yobbo looking types get on. You know, tattoos, earrings all over their faces, hair sticking up. The type that I can’t afford to get tangled with. I don’t fancy a boot in my face. Or in Mariam’s. While those two probably watch and cheer. The yobbos just squeeze past the S...

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