Steven Millhauser Writing Styles in Flying Carpets

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Point of View

The story is written in past tense, with first-person narration from the protagonist’s perspective. The protagonist is a man who is reminiscing on his childhood, so the story is told from his childhood self’s point of view. The first-person narration serves to explore the themes of childhood and fantasy. For example, the narrator’s description of summer lasting “forever” (77) is a typically child-like sentiment. The notion that the summer holiday feels endless is a recurring idea in the story that explores the theme of childhood. The first-person narration supplements this because it enforces the childlike atmosphere, so the reader is more aware of the nature of the character and the story.

The first-person narration also explores the theme of fantasy. Throughout the story, the only information that the reader attains about the flying carpets is through the boy’s first-person narration. Children are...

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