Narrator and point of view

The story “The Signal-Man” by Charles Dickens is a first-person narration, told from the perspective of an involved narrator. The storyteller is a character in the story and takes part in the action as a secondary character. His presence is indicated through the use of personal and possessive pronouns and adjectives such as “I” and “my”.

It is very rarely that first-person narrators have omniscient knowledge about the events. This is also the case in “The Signal-Man”. The narrator merely accounts the events from his point of view and based on what can be observed. Furthermore, he is subjective in his account, making judgements about the setting and the signalman: “His pain of mind was most pitiable to see. It was the mental torture of a consci...

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