Narrator and point of view

The short story “The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri is told by a male first-person narrator who is also the main character. The narrator narrates his life story from the moment he left India to the present when he has become an American citizen. This means that the story is told in retrospect

The narrator’s account is mainly objective and straightforward. He presents his experiences matter-of-factly, with little emotion. For example, when he describes the room he rents from Mrs. Croft, he simply states “I was satisfied” (p. 6, l. 1). 

When he initially talks about Mala, the narrator’s tone is detached, and he does not hide the fact that he does not have any feelings for her (p. 12, ll. 32-35). Towards the end, when the narrator talks about falling in love with her, he still does so in a fairly detached tone: “At night we kissed, shy at first but quickly bold, and discovered pl...

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