Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
Third Person (Omniscient)
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is told in the third person by an unseen narrative presence. This presence is omniscient, which means that we get juicy glimpses into the minds of various characters, such as Bernice herself, Warren, and Marjorie. We don't get a whole lot of judgment from this narrator – rather the narrative voice exposes thoughts and feelings in the characters that reveal their natures to us. There's also a somewhat cinematic quality to the narration in the beginning of the story; we start from outside the country club and work our way in, until we're right at the center of the dance floor. This technique allows us to get a quick view of the whole society the story inhabits, and cleverly "shows" us a whole lot without having to resort to "telling."