Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Lie” by Raymond Carver is told from the point of view of an unnamed first-person narrator who is also the main character. Even though the story is told in first-person, the reader does not have full access to the husband’s feelings.

It should be noted that because the husband is the narrator, he is the one providing information and there is not much revealed about himself. However, there is a brief self-description at one point: “I’m a broad-minded man, I told myself. I can work this through”. This can be a way to motivate himself to keep searching for solutions in order to forgive his wife.

The narrator is also vague about the situation and makes the readers draw their own conclusions. The beginning makes the reader think that th...

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