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The Effects of the Child Narrator on The Jade Peony

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Henry Zhang

on 25 February 2014

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Transcript of The Effects of the Child Narrator on The Jade Peony

Sek-Lung
Sek-Lung, as a child narrator, can provide adult readers with a relatively OBJECTIVE and ENGAGING reading experience.
Objective & Engaging
Further Discussion
1. 1. In addition to the effects mentioned above, what other impacts can a child narrator make, on storytelling?

2. What could be the disadvantages of using child narration in The Jade Peony?
Character Development
& Assimilation
In
The Jade Peony
, Wayson Choy also intends to use child narration as a tool to demonstrate character development and to highlight the theme of assimilation.
by Henry Zhang
The Effects of the Child Narrator in Part Three of
The Jade Peony

In comparison with grown-ups, Sekky, as a young adolescent, can narrate the events in a more objective way, because he speaks more frankly and unreservedly.
Objective
Since Sekky has barely received a formal education before the age of six, he bares a limited scope of understanding on the adult world. Thus, his narration may allow adult readers to "read between the lines" and engage their thoughts with the plot.
Engaging
... a bomb ... Miss Suling Chen ...
"Poor Sek-Lung ... Spent all his seven years with Poh-Poh ... He can't get over it." (Choy 178)

To Kill a Mockingbird
is written from the point of view of Scout, a young adolescent [. A clear advantage is that] when Scout experiences things for the first time, the reader does too, and gets a full description … Scout is also a fairly neutral character as she doesn’t have any of this prejudice and this means the reader is able to see the events as they truly happened, as young Scout does not prejudice about the things that happen in her thoughts as she is still learning and hasn’t had enough experience to even think about discriminating as the main influence she has is of her father who is also a very moral man.” (theBookGirl)
theBookGirl
What can be the effects of using a child narrator?
By relating the stories from a growing child’s viewpoint, the author illustrates the character’s development to a greater extent.
Character Development
Sekky vs. Father
Sekky, as a young boy who has not been substantially enculturated, may demonstrate his assimilation to both Chinese and Canadian cultures more effectively.
Assimilation
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