Study Guide

A Small Place Narrator Point of View

By Jamaica Kincaid

Narrator Point of View

Second Person

It's rare to see a book written in the second person, and it's even rarer to see one that knocks it out of the park. We talk about Kincaid's use of second-person narration in our analysis of the tourist over in the "Characters" section, so we'll keep things short and sweet here.

In A Small Place, Kincaid uses the second person in a confrontational matter, casting the reader as the story's antagonist. This is challenging to readers, but ultimately rewarding, too, because by immersing yourself in the story, you gain a better understanding of the issues at stake.

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