Narrator and point of view
In the story “The Raft” by Stephen King the narrator of the story is a 3rd person limited narrator, granting the readers access to the thoughts and feelings of the main character of the story, Randy. The narrator remains the same and does not change at any point in the story.
With this type of narrator, the readers can get a deeper understanding of Randy’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Readers have access to an internal monologue, which presents the narrator’s thoughts word for word, for example: “(…) that water’s forty-five degrees, fifty at most, his mind told him. Your heart could stop.” (p.360 ll. 4-5)
Since the narrator is limited to Randy’s point of view, the other three characters, as well as the monster, are seen through his eyes. We do not ha...