The short story “The Headstrong Historian” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. The narrator is omniscient as he offers insight into the minds of several characters.
Mostly, the narrator follows Nwamgba’s perspective and offers insights into her thoughts and feelings. For example, we know how Nwamgba was feeling when Obierika dies:
Obierika’s death left her with an unending despair. She thought often of a woman who, after losing a tenth child, had gone to her back yard and hanged herself on a kola-nut tree. But she would not do it, because of Anikwenwa.
Here, we are given an insight into the depths of Nwamgba’s grief and the reason why she decides she has to continue living.
The narrator also offers insight into the minds of other characters. For example, when Nwamgba goes to her father to tell him she is determined to marry Obierika, the narrator offers an insight into her father’s reasoning:
Her father found her exhausting, this sharp-tongued, headstrong daughter who had once wrestled her brother to the ground (…) He, too, was c...