Crispin: The Cross of Lead – Literature – Narrative Point of View

This story is told in first-person limited from Crispin‘s point of view. The reader can look directly into Crispin‘s head andget a detailed description of his feelings. But the reader doesn’t often know what the other characters are thinking and feeling.

This choice of narration adds to the mystery of the story since Crispin knows so little about himself and the world. His journey of self discovery allows the reader to participate and learn as Crispin learns.

The reader identifies with Crispin, whom we see as a reliable (albeit rather ignorant) source of information. This heightens our emotional connection to his trials and triumphs.