Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Escape” by Qaisra Shahraz is told from the point of view of an omniscient third-person narrator

The story is told mainly from Samir’s perspective, and we get an insight into his thoughts and feelings. For instance:

Samir was shivering (…) He had wanted to go to the Sanam Sweet Centre (…) but he hesitated, suddenly overcome by trepidation. 

‘Do you want to go somewhere else, Father?’ his son asked, as if reading his mind. 

Samir shook his head; loath to inconvenience his son further; feeling guilty for already taking up enough of his time. (p. 2, ll. 10-16) 

Here, the narrator follows Samir’s thoughts, offering the readers access into his mind. 

When the narration follows Samir’s perspective, it is highly subjective. For instan...

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