June 15, 2011
“My name is Ofelia and I’m opening the wooden gate to my house”(Samperio 59).
As Jahn states in section N3.2, internal focalization is when a story is told through the eyes of a character within the text. The use of internal focalization within this quote is extremely obvious due to the use of pronouns. Immediately, the character Ofelia has defined herself as the new narrator of the story, strongly defining who she is and what she is doing. It is here that the story’s first shift in narrative focalization takes place. “My name is Ofelia”, she states. Previously in the story, readers have not seen the narrator refer to themselves as “I”, “me”, or “my”; it is due to Ofelia’s definitive announcement and verbally narrating her actions, that readers are left questioning whose story they are reading. This is the most confusing part of the story.