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Point of View. Point of view is the vantage point from which a story is told. Stories are typically written from a first-person point of view, in which the narrator uses words such as I and we; from a second-person point of view, in which the narrator uses the word you; or from a third-person point of view, in which the narrator uses words such as he, she, it, and they. As you read “Journey,” decide which point of view the narrator uses.

Allegory. An allegory is a work in which each element symbolizes, or represents, something else.

Reader's Resource
In “Journey,” Oates talks directly to the reader about the paths we take in life and the choices we make on our way to individuality. It was published in The Poisoned Kiss and Other Stories (1975).

As you read, make a chart. On the left, list elements of the selection that represent something else. On the right, explain what these elements represent. One example has been done for you.

readers journal
If you made a map of your life, what would it look like?

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