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Question 1: A. The narrative is written in from the omniscient point of view. The narrator has access to the minds of both of the characters; even though we see more of Dieter Bethge’s thoughts than of Mrs. Hax’s B. Yes, because the story was always told in third person and the narrator knows everything about the characters. I believe the point of view given to the story is appropriate. Question 2: A. The protagonist of the story would be Dieter Bethge. Dieter is the main character in the narrative, which would make him the protagonist. B. To a great degree. This is because Mrs. Hax’s was controlling over Dieter. She is not the kindest woman she comes off as a very arrogant and condescending. An example showing how Mrs. Hax personality “Complainers noses fall off.” Mrs. Hax said absent-mindedly as she held a shirt up to her own wrinkled nose. This example helps shows how condescending Mrs. Hax’s personality is. C. The conflicts in the Dancing Bear are Person vs. Person, Person vs. Society, and Person vs. Himself. The conflict of Person vs. Person would be shown between Dieter vs. Mrs. Hax, the caregiver. An example from the story is “I’m not eating it. What do I want with flax?” he asked quizzically “Sure you’re crazy,” she said “Crazy like a fox.” The conflict person vs. Society would be shown in Dieter vs. his dreams. He has a lack of respect and does not concern himself with people who are older. An example from the story is “That rubber thing kept me awake last night”, he said plaintively. “Every time I move, it squeaks and pulls at my skin. There’s no give to it.” Person vs. himself would be shown in Dieter realizing that he is no longer as strong as he used to be. That his memory is slowly slipping away. An example of this from the story is “This makes him cry. He realizes she is right. But minutes ago he had known where his son lived. How could he have forgotten? In the sudden twisting and turnings of the conversation he has lost his way, and now he hears himself making a wretched, disgusting noise- but cannot stop.” D. An example of a flashback in the story would be when dieter recalls his father skinning a bear in the barn. He was young when it happened but he remembers clearly how the bear, when it was skinned and naked, looks so much like a man. “Under all that lank, black hair a man was hiding…” It gives
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