Analysis Of `` Why, You Reckon? `` By Langston Hughes Essay

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Literary Analysis
Point of view is when a reader can know the thoughts, actions, and words from someone’s perspective. For example, there is the first person point of view, where the narrator is the one telling the story from his or her point of view. In the story “Why, You Reckon?” by Langston Hughes, the narrator is telling the story in first person, from his point of view. The narrator tells the reader about his actions, the words he says, and even what he thinks as he relays what happened to him, a stranger he encounters, and an innocent young man. In “Why, You Reckon?” Langston Hughes uses point of view to show how the narrator reacts in some ways to the different things being done or said during the short story. At the beginning of the story, the narrator informs the reader of his whereabouts, his actions, and his thought when he first meets the stranger and hears the plan that he has to share. In the middle, the narrator tells the reader how he feels about and views the actions of the stranger when he is mugging or robbing the young man. Towards the end of the story, the narrator shares how he reacts to the young man’s expression and his unexpected reaction to what had happened to him earlier with the narrator and the stranger.
As the reader reads through the story, they are likely to notice details about what the narrator sees and how the narrator does the things that he does. At the beginning of the story, the narrator tells the reader where he was and what he was…

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