Grace Paley Writing Styles in The Used-Boy Raisers

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Point of View

These stories are in past tense, and they are in first-person, from Faith’s perspective. This creates an autobiographical atmosphere, which provides the reader with an experience that is comparable to that which one would have if one were to hear someone directly tell him/her a story. This creates a more immersive experience for the reader. Moreover, the past tense presents the notion that Faith is reminiscing about her regrets. Much of the narration in these stories involves Faith in moments of reflection and introspection. Some examples of this occur on page 128 and 139. These reflections involve Faith thinking about the difficulties of balancing parenting with her professional life, which suggests that Faith might regret her choices regarding which responsibilities she placed the most priority on.

The fact that Faith is the narrator of the story shows that the narration is limited to Faith’s...

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