Narrator and point of view

The short story “The End of Something” by Ernest Hemingway is told by a third-person narrator. The narrator is not involved in the events but offers insight into what the characters are thinking. 

The narrator mainly uses Nick’s perspective of the events and focuses on what he feels and experiences: “He lay there for a long time. He lay there while he heard Bill come into the clearing walking around through the woods. He felt Bill coming up to the fire. Bill didn't touch him, either”. This suggests that Nick is upset about the breakup, even though he was the one who decided to end the relationship.

At times, the narrator also provides Marjorie’s perspective of the events: “She was intent on the rod all the time they trolled, even when she talked. She ...

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