Grammar – In order to use different types of narrator, Exercise 1 asked us to write a couple of sentences differently from the extract from The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006) by writing in the First Person and the Second person narrator. To confirm the correct grammar I researched and found this very handy website that shows you the difference in first/second and third person. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/first-second-and-third-person/ – accessed October 14, 2018. I was then able to complete the first part of the exercise as follows:
- First Person Narrator – I pushed the kart as the boy and I carried our knapsacks. In the knapsacks I had packed essential things in case we have to abandon the cart and make a run for it.
- Second Person – You pushed the kart whilst you both carried your knapsacks. In the knapsacks you had packed essential things in case you have to abandon the car and make a run for it.
- Third Person – Would have meant naming the man and boy, in this extract the narrator hasn’t named them. He would only be able to say he or they when referring to the man and boy or by their name. From the boy’s side of things he would have said; He pushed the kart and then they carried their knapsacks. In the knapsacks he had packed essential things in case they have to abandon the cart and make a run for it.
The narrator decided to be omniscient as he wants us to know everything, either what is happening to both the man and the boy, ‘he knows it all’. He also hasn’t named either the man or the boy, so we don’t know yet what they are called or what their personalities are like. We have a feeling they are frightened as they need the mirror to be looking behind them and have also packed their knapsacks with essentials in case they have to abandon their kart. I am hoping that by the narrator being omniscient we will get to know both the characters in greater detail.
On reflection I have enjoyed the start to close reading this text. I found it easy to read as the text was short and atmospheric and you want to read the rest of the book to find out what happens to them in the future but also what’s happened to their family and their world.