Narratives in Children’s Literature

“?Point of view” is the defining feature of a narrative because between the story and the reader is the narrator who shapes what will be told and how it will be perceived. Examine how narrative point of view shapes a story and significance in Fire Eaters by David Almond and The Red Shoe by Ursula Dubosarsky.

Point of view is a defining feature of a narrative because between the story and the reader is the narrator who shapes what will be told and how it will be perceived. Through the use of narration and focalisation, David Almond in Fire Eaters and Ursula Dubosarsky in The Red Shoe incorporate aspects of realism in their stories as well as the narrative point of view which shapes and provides a sense of significance within their stories.Realism is evident in both Fire Eaters and The Red Shoe through its use of historical events and contexts.

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According to Walsh (1981) ‘realistic fiction is about imaginary people living in real contexts doing what was never done and saying what was never said.’ However Landow (2003) states that realism is about emphasising the ordinary context and the ordinary person. It’s about rejecting the notion of the heroic and the aristocratic and focusing on the lower and middle class.’ Set in Palm Beach Australia. The Red Shoe is a story which depicts the life of three little girls, Matilda, Francis and Elizabeth living in 1954 under the under the threat of communism, Russian spies, Polio and murders. Although the novel depicts aspects of realism by including real newspaper clippings from the time the story focuses more on the lives of the girls and how each member of the family is affected by the events at the Basin.The Fire Eaters on the other hand is set in Keely Bay, an imaginary coal-mining town in the north of England.The story follows the life of eleven year old Bobby Burns living in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis.

With the horrors of WWII still fresh in his father’s mind, Bobby …