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The narrator in the play, Our Town talks to characters in the play as well as to the audience.
  someone who tells a story—especially the main voice in a documentary, or a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play or other performance
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Strongly Associated with:   narrate, mutiny, narrative
The word narrator is sometimes used to describe the person who talks directly to the audience in a commercial, but such a person is usually off camera and referred to as a voice over artist or the person who did the voice over.
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  • The narrator in the play, Our Town talks to characters in the play as well as to the audience.
  • One of the more popular narrators in movie history is Morgan Freeman. I especially liked him in The Shawshank Redemption where in addition to playing a major role, he narrated the film.
  • How would you describe the narrator’s attitude in this passage?
  • Morgan Freeman is the narrator of the documentary.

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  • In the movie, Spanglish, a narrator (who is supposed to be a grown-up Christina) helps to put the movie in context by starting and ending the movie with an off-camera reading of her college application essay.
  • Our only duties, as far as I could gather from our two rehearsals, were to enter from stage left as Mrs. Merriweather (not only the author, but the narrator) identified us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR:  I am haunted by humans.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
    a mountain range of rubble in which our narrator introduces: himself—the colors—and the book thief
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • She is, on the whole, a very fair narrator, and I don’t think I could improve her style.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Did he see only a second coincidence in the second scene narrated to him, described by the narrator as A Pisgah Sight of Palestine or The Parable of the Plums?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • They had the air of a rough tribunal; Jacques One and Two sitting on the old pallet-bed, each with his chin resting on his hand, and his eyes intent on the road-mender; Jacques Three, equally intent, on one knee behind them, with his agitated hand always gliding over the network of fine nerves about his mouth and nose; Defarge standing between them and the narrator, whom he had stationed in the light of the window, by turns looking from him to them, and from them to him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You will find me a very awkward narrator, Miss Dashwood; I hardly know where to begin.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • The chief objection to them is, that the diligent narrator may lack space, or (what is often the same thing) may not be able to think of them with any degree of particularity, though he may have a philosophical confidence that if known they would be illustrative.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "Why no, my dear fellow," said the astonished narrator, shrugging his shoulders.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Her aunt was no very methodical narrator, but with the help of some letters to and from Sir Thomas, and what she already knew herself, and could reasonably combine, she was soon able to understand quite as much as she wished of the circumstances attending the story.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A general murmur of approbation showed that the narrator had faithfully detailed their misfortunes and sufferings.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The narrator turned, saw a woman near and, not being a common person nor a coarse workman but a clever salesman and a householder, lowered his voice for the rest of the tale.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The style of the letter, I’m told, bears a considerably more than passing resemblance to the style, or written mannerisms, of this narrator, and the general reader will no doubt jump to the heady conclusion that the writer of the letter and I are one and the same person.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • She had failed to observe the colour of Mrs. Van Osburgh’s gown, and could not even say whether the old Van Osburgh Sevres had been used at the bride’s table: Mrs. Peniston, in short, found that she was of more service as a listener than as a narrator.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The Puritan—if not belied by some singular stories, murmured, even at this day, under the narrator’s breath—had fallen into certain transgressions to which men of his great animal development, whatever their faith or principles, must continue liable, until they put off impurity, along with the gross earthly substance that involves it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Besides—though I have kept strictly all such insignificant details out of the tale—we may presume that there must have been refreshments on that night, a glass of mineral water of some sort to help the narrator on.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Over his features played an eager desire to state the amount of his valor in a similar crisis, but the narrator proceeded.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • They would gather together to converse endlessly, to tell over and over for hours on end the same jokes, to complicate to the limits of exasperation the story about the capon, which was an endless game in which the narrator asked if they wanted him to tell them the story about the capon, and when they answered yes, the narrator would say that he had not asked them to say yes, but whether they wanted him to tell them the story about the capon, and when they answered no, the narrator…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The narrator, he found upon reading the first sentence, bore his own name— Ishmael.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The return of this asymmetrical Saturday was one of those petty occurrences, intra-mural, localised, almost civic, which, in uneventful lives and stable orders of society, create a kind of national unity, and become the favourite theme for conversation, for pleasantries, for anecdotes which can be embroidered as the narrator pleases; it would have provided a nucleus, ready-made, for a legendary cycle, if any of us had had the epic mind.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He cannot do more than seize the principal outlines of the struggle, and it is not given to any one narrator, however conscientious he may be, to fix, absolutely, the form of that horrible cloud which is called a battle.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I’d been pushed away from the narrator by people crowding in to listen, well over a hundred of them, dragging their shoulder bags and garment bags across the dusty floor.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The remark, singular for a dairy-yard, was murmured by the voice behind the dun cow; but as nobody understood the reference, no notice was taken, except that the narrator seemed to think it might imply scepticism as to his tale.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • All the more dimensional, the rarer and sweeter when the narrator allows an element of foolery to attach itself to his sober persona, some hapless-ness or slippery shame.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • After I did, he smiled, then hit the volume button, the sound of the narrator rising as I walked out of the room.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • ’We had to write a story with a first-person narrator, and we could pick anyone,’ the boy said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The extremity of Pecola’s case stemmed largely from a crippled and crippling family—unlike the average black family and unlike the narrator’s.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • tional narrator whose account of Kyklopean culture is designed to show him in a good light.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The gentleman appeared to be enumerating all his qualities to his auditors; and, as I have said, the auditors seeming to have great deference for the narrator, they every moment burst into fits of laughter.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • [1] Because the narrator is falsely taxed with falsehood.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • And Simon Ockley’s[324] History of the Saracens recounts the prodigies of individual valor with admiration, all the more evident on the part of the narrator, that he seems to think that his place in Christian Oxford[325] requires of him some proper protestations of abhorrence.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But ere parting with the reader, let me say, that if this little narrative has sufficiently interested him, to awaken curiosity as to who Bartleby was, and what manner of life he led prior to the present narrator’s making his acquaintance, I can only reply, that in such curiosity I fully share, but am wholly unable to gratify it.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • The last image to appear on the screen was Henrietta’s cousin Fred Garret, standing behind an old slave shack in Clover, his back to the family cemetery where the narrator said Henrietta lay buried in an unmarked grave.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • She was a gifted narrator who knew exactly where to pause, how to measure her cadence, how to explain without too many gestures, painting a scene so true to life than her listener felt as if he were there.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The narrator is an undisguised convention of the play.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • "To do justice to any subject, sir, the narrator must he suffered to proceed in his own way," continued the sheriff.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • But as this is a subject which belongs rather to the politician and historian than to the humble narrator of the homebred incidents we are about to reveal, we must confine our reflections to such matters as have an immediate relation to the subject of the tale.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • But despite our narrator’s fine accent and stylish turns of phrase, the German language met with no success.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The narrator described legend after legend.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • AND NOT we have a new phenomenon—about which the narrator would do well to express his own amazement, if only to prevent his readers from being all too amazed on their own.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But, obviously, a narrator cannot take account of these differences of outlook.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • As a young sea demon matures, the narrator said, changes happen in the monster’s body.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • But the narrator did have a thick British accent.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • I played the part of the enslaved Motherland, tied up during the whole performance until the very end when Liberty, Glory, and the narrator untied me.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
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