The narrator discusses about the life of Mr and Mrs Pope Eye, a couple living in an island community. There have been several narrative techniques to describe the characters. The narrator is found to communicate the differences that are found to exist in a particular society. The systemic racism and implicit bias of the people are found to be elucidated in this analysis. The thesis statement that will be probed in this analysis is the ways in which the views of people are found to vary and the importance of narrative style is evident in this schema.
It explores about the ways of the perception of people. Despite the growing campaign for equality, several differences still existed in the narrator’s society. Both racism and differences in social classes still shape how people live and perceive things. Such differences inhibit the creation of an equal society in which all people are viewed to be equal but instead divide people. The use of figurative language such as simile, metaphors, personification, imagery and hyperbole assists in giving the readers a vivid, better and deeper understanding in any literary work.
In the inception stage of the passage, the narration is done through the character Pope Eye. The narrator describes his eyes to be big and it seemed like that they wanted to leave his face. There is depiction of the looks of Pope Eye. There is the reflection of the way in which Pope Eye views himself and the ways in which the society is found to perceive the people based on their ideology. The narrator at the beginning views Pope Eye as looking amusing. The narrator tends to have a child-like interpretation of Pope Eye. For instance, where the narrator says “Even those days when I was a skinny-thirteen-year-old, I thought he knew his name but did not care.”
As the narrator proceeds, it seems that the narrator’s perception shifts from the naive view of Pope Eye to a more mature interpretation to the meaning of Pope Eye. As the narration comes to an end, the narrator views issues differently and identifies nuanced aspect of the differences. The development in the society is found to be evident, specifically in places where the narrator says that “The younger kids saw an opportunity and so fell behind”. From the statement, it is evident of the theme that the narrator had developed. The narrator draws attention to the unexplained issues in the passage in several instances through the passage. The narrator describes the destruction of Mr and Mrs Pope Eye that causes the people to be impacted. This is specifically evident when the narrator says,
“Our parents looked away. They would rather stare at a colony of ants moving over a rotten pawpaw.”