The analysis of the short story “Mr. Mumsford” by Larry French shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure. The story presents a single event. The conflict flares up and is resolved during a single scene.
The main character in the story is Bibs, a janitor whose real name is Ralph Mumsford. He is angry that people do not show him respect. He confronts the principal of the school about this.
The physical setting is a small school in one of America’s southern states. The action takes place in the school corridors one evening. The social setting explores racism and class issues.
The story is told by a third-person narrator. He has access to Bibs’ thoughts and feelings. However, the confrontation scene between Bibs and the principal is described from an outsider’s perspective, with the narrator making assumptions based on the characters’ expressions and body language.
The language in the narrative is neutral. The language in the dialogue reflects the characters’ education and social status.
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