Narrative Style of Little House on The Prairie
When you first start reading Little House on the Prairie you notice it is told through the eyes of a little girl named Laura. Her point of view is very realistic and captivating. She pays very close attention to the details of the day to day living and the events that are happening around her. She also notices how the prairie looks and what the weather is like each day. With her descriptions you can picture everything in your mind clearly, and you feel like you are right there next to Laura living her life.
When Laura is describing something she appeals to our senses by informing you how something smells, feels, sounds, or tastes. ...view middle of the document...
While Pet and Patty were rolling, Pa pulled all the grass from a large, round space of ground. When the space was clear of grass, Pa laid a handful of dry grass in its center. From the creek bottoms he brought an armful of twigs and dead wood. He laid small twigs and larger twigs and then the wood on the handful of dry grass, and he lighted the grass. Then Pa brought water from the creek, while Mary and Laura helped Ma get supper" (28, 29).
Another part of the story that Laura describes very deeply was when Pa built the log cabin, chimney, and the well digging. You knew every step and how he did it and what he used to make everything. If a person wanted to, they could probably build a log cabin or dig a well by her descriptions.
Laura enjoys describing the way the prairie looks each day because she loves it so much. She pays close attention to the details of the flowers and grasses and how the wind is blowing. The animals on the prairie are described often also since the prairie was full of wildlife back then. You often found her describing the weather too. She found the weather on the prairie very interesting and quite different than the weather in Wisconsin. "Day after day was hotter then the day before. The wind was hot. The grass was turning yellow. The whole world was rippling green and gold under the blazing sky. At noon the wind died. No birds sang. Everything was so still that Laura could hear the squirrels chattering in the tress down by the creek. Suddenly black crows flew overhead, cawing their rough, sharp caws. Then everything was still again" (172). Her descriptions of the prairie and weather add to the realness of the story and helps you feel like you are there even more.
Another aspect of the prairie that interested Laura are the Indians. She was always asking about the Indians and when she would get to see one. When she does get to see them, she would describe them in great detail. She would mention how they looked, what they wore, and how they smelled. "First she saw their leather moccasins. Then their...