Narrator and point of view

The short story “Dead as They Come” by Ian McEwan is a first-person narration, rendered by a male character solely from his point of view.

The narration is subjective in the extreme because the narrator is mad and unreliable and distorts reality to fit his perspective. This is noticeable in the way he describes the mannequin as a living person and makes assumptions about her which are, in fact, only the projections of his twisted mind:

I sensed immediately that Helen liked the room. She stood in the door way, hands by her side taking it all in. I brought her over to a large soft chair, sat her down and poured her the drink she so much needed, a dry martini. 

As the events are narrated in retrospect, the narrator already knows what happened and p...

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