Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Tone of the Narrator
The tone of the narrator in "To the Gas Chamber" is criticized as Melancholy and Matter of Fact. The reason for this of course is clear. The narrator is a prisoner in a concentration camp who lives on a bed of straw and faces hardships every day. On top of that he watches thousands of his own kind of people head to the death. He had to erase any feeling he would have or else go insane and never come out alive. The matter of fact, removed attitude masks the pain and suffering of seeing his people die.