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The narrator gives us an image of Della’s emotions, feelings, and actions. At times throughout this story it goes into third person omniscient point of view. The narrator will incorporate knowledge on life. For example “Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating” (Henry, 1906) (Clugston, 2012). This statement is not of Della or Jim. This is the narrator giving outside information.The setting of the story is Christmas time, Christmas eve to be exact. It is the season of giving, and love. The narrator gives the reader a visual of a gloomy day. Everything is a dark, sad, gray color. From the gray cat, to the gray fence, to a gray backyard you image a sense of sadness. The purpose in creating the image of everything outside of the flat being gloomy was to show how loving and caring it was on the inside of the flat. It heightened and put more emphasis on the unselfish love Jim and Della had for one another. What I tool from it is the world may be cold but it’s warm with love inside this home.
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