Study Guide

hush Narrator Point of View

By Jacqueline Woodson

Narrator Point of View

First Person (Central Narrator)

Toswiah/Evie guides us through her story, telling us what happens to her and around her, which is how we know she's a first person narrator. Because she's also the protagonist, she's a central narrator.

However, Toswiah/Evie isn't your standard, "A happened, I did this, B happened, I felt this way" narrator. Nope—she's a person in the middle of an identity crisis, which in her case is a literal identity switch. She's trying to hold on to her old self while building a new one, which can create some serious internal tension, as she describes in the first chapter:

I can never tell anybody the real truth. But I can write it and say this story you're about to read is fiction. I can give it a beginning, middle and end. A plot. A character named Evie. A sister named Anna.

Call it fiction because fiction's what it is. Evie and Anna aren't real people. So you can't go somewhere and look this up and say Now I know what this story's about. (1.26-27)

What Toswiah/Evie tells us here is that she's constructing a story, making sense of what happened to her through writing. Lucky us, we get to read her words.

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