Unnamed Narrator

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Unnamed Narrator
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Unnamed Narrator
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Farming
Specific Job: 
Farming
Origin: 
Van Dorn
Narrator: 
First Person
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The twelve-year-old unnamed narrator is the child of a share-cropping couple. He is devoted to Mister Ernest, the landlord who adopted him at age ten after both his parents abandoned him. He is earnest and hard-working, and passionate about hunting, but also illiterate - though as Will Legate notes, he "knows every cuss word in the dictionary, every poker hand in the deck and every whisky label in the distillery" (296). At the end of the story Mister Ernest tells him it's time for him to start going to school, and there's no reason to think he would disobey; however, the idiomatic nature of his narrative - "et" for ate (296), "I would 'a' had to" for "I would have had to" (297), and so on - suggests his is telling it orally rather than writing it.

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CUT: Mister Ernest believes school will shape the boy intellectually and culturally into someone who can teach right from wrong to others who do not have the chance to get an education. Education Civilization Class Upward Mobility Uplift New South
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