Narrator and point of view

The short story “A Private Experience” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a third-person narration which follows the point of view of one character—Chika, the protagonist.

The narrator is outside the action and is confined to Chika’s limited knowledge. We only know what Chika knows and observes: “Even without the woman's strong Hausa accent, Chika can tell she is a Northerner…” 

However, the narrator uses prolepsis (flash-forward) which implies he/she has also knowledge on future events. But these future events are also limited to what happens to Chika: “Later, Chika will learn that, as she and the woman are speaking, Hausa Muslims are hacking down Igbo Christians with machetes, clubbing them with stones.” 

Because the narrator’s knowledge is limit...

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