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  1. Introduction
    1. Marabou Stork Nightmares: An interesting quandary concerning the ANP
    2. The unknown location of the ANP
    3. ENP's: Distinguishable by their difference in voice
  2. Analysis
    1. The first paragraph: The summary Roy describes
    2. A series of sentences that feel more part of the ANP the ENP2
    3. The return to the homodiegetic: Subsequent narrative with a summary of the events following the visit to the museum.
    4. The fictional world that Roy has creates in ENP3
  3. Conclusion

Marabou Stork Nightmares gains its narratological interest from its use of a strange ANP and a variety of ENPs. On the basic level, the narrator is intradiegetic and homodiegetic, writing with internal focalization throughout the novel. However, there is plenty of innovation in the use of this basic format.
As discussed in class, Marabou Stork Nightmares presents the reader with an interesting quandary concerning the ANP. Since the story is told in the first person subsequent voice, it is clear that there must be one somewhere.

[...] I used to climb down there and just hang from the rungs, suspended in semi-darkness.? The narrative style diegetic, with reported dialogue such as ?Gordon said if I told anyone I would get the blame.? This helps maintain the iterative frequency, since it is not a direct quote and can therefore be construed as a paraphrasing of something said a number of times. This iterative continues for several paragraphs until a metonymic syllepsis, brought on by the statement of Roy's father's general like for moves the story into the singulative with the mention of a specific event: was a drinking session in downtown Johannesburg that led to us leaving South Africa and returning to Scotland.? However, the following paragraph is simply a descriptive summary of Roy's school experiences which again has an iterative feel. [...]

[...] and what follows is a series of sentences that feel more part of the ANP the ENP2. This goes on until only real talk I remember . The difference is subtle, but the first part of the paragraph is more associated with what Roy thinks about the situation strictly in the ANP?not even attempting to put it in the ENP2. At other points when he says remember? etc. it does remind the reader of the existence of the ANP, but does not make the reader feel as if they are in the ANP. [...]

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