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Distinguish between narration (who speaks) and focalization (who sees) in AT LEAST ONE passage of Things fall apart, and detail ways in which they may interact or overlap. Essay

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In this essay I will first define narration and focalization, explaining the meaning internal and external focalisation, and intradiegetic and extradiegetic forms of narration. I will then go on to support these definitions with examples from the text Things fall apart   and using these examples I will point out both the similarities and differences between the forms of focalization and the forms of narration.
Firstly, narration, as already stated in the question, is ‘who speaks’, which is an accurate interpretation. The narrator tells the story and is the voice within the text, which most, if not all, books have. The narrator of Things fall apart is not a character within the story, but at the same time it is clear that the narrator is familiar with the Ibo culture from all of the background knowledge that is displayed throughout the novel, ‘The Feast of the New Yam was held every year before the harvest began, to honour the earth goddess and the ancestral spirits of the clan.”(Pg35) this shows the narrator’s knowledge of the Ibo tribe and its customs. The narrator of Things fall apart is a heterodiegetic because “A narrator who does not participate in the story is called ‘heterodiegetic’” (Genette 1972, pp. 255-6)   and even though at times it seems that he could be a character within the book he clearly is not, “Di-go-go-di-go. It was the ekwe talking to the clan.” (Pg 113) here we see the narrator has recorded the sound, which suggests he can hear it within the text, which shows a slight homodiegetic element, but this is defined as “one who takes part in it, at least in some manifestation of his ‘self’”(pp. 255-6)   and though the narrator recorded the sound, there was no manifestation of self within the text, so this recording of sound comes within focalization. The narrator here is clearly a narrator-focalizer, meaning that the narrator is viewing this scene through an anonymous character that plays no part in the main story, but this does not make the narrator...

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