Literary Qualities of Walker Brothers Cowboy by Alice Munro

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Munro chooses a first person narrator to tell the story in "Walker Brothers Cowboy." What is most interesting about this narrator is her precocious nature. She is young, and thus does not necessarily comprehend all the actions and words that the adults do or say, but she has a keen sensation of the import of events. Thus, while Munro is careful to invest her description of what she is experiencing with only as much understanding as would realistically be available to the faculties of a young girl, she is a perceptive young girl. This allows Munro the freedom to have her young narrator comment on the events happening in the story. For example, after stopping at the home of one of her father's former girlfriends, the narrator understands the significance of her shared experience with her father.

My father does not say anything to me about not mentioning...

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