April 3, 2008Who is the narrator? Not the author!Well off (money wise)Fairly educated (complex sentence structure)Trusting of others (takes doctor’s advice, faith in Julius)Why did Chesnutt decide to have Julius tell these stories to the narrator instead of telling them directly to us, the readers?Have a mediator between white and black readersShow two perspectivesShow how African Americans were perceived—see the story being told by a black man but througha white man’s eyesShould we identify with the narrator? Should we trust his take on Julius and the stories? Is he a totally reliable narrator?Page 244- story set after Civil War- post-reconstruction (Reign of Terror- most lynching occurred around 1892)“It was a sufficient time after the war for conditions in the South to have become
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