Posted by RachelE on June 21, 2011
A homodiegetic narrator always tells a story of personal experience, whereas a heterodiegetic narrator tells a story about other people’s experiences (Jahn N1.13). In The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle by Edgardo Vega Yunque, the story is being told by a heterodiegetic narrator. The narrator begins the story with the announcement that “the night Omaha Bigelow’s life changed forever began quite badly” (Yunque 1). The narrator continues with descriptions of Omaha Bigelow, such as, “Omaha Bigelow was as high as a kite” (Yunque 1), and “Omaha Bigelow was feeling much too mellow” (Yunque 1). The narrator does not use pronouns such as “I” or “me” because a heterodiegetic narrator tells a story about the experiences of others (Jahn N1.13), (in this case, the story of Omaha Bigelow), and not a story of the narrator’s personal experience (Jahn N1.13). The narrator even goes so far as to repeatedly use Bigelow’s name instead of the pronoun “he” in the narration, such as “Omaha protested” (Yunque 2) and “Omaha said fuck” (Yunque 2). This can be seen as a method used by the narrator to emphasize to the reader that this story is about Omaha Bigelow and not about anybody else – especially the narrator.