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Week 14: Animal’s People

In Animal’s People, we encounter a narrative form and structure of address similar to that in another novel we have read in class. Animal, the protagonist, directly addresses an implied listener, whom he calls “Eyes”:

You are reading my words, you are that person. I’ve no name for you so I will call you Eyes. My job is to talk, yours is to listen (14).

What is the significance of naming the reader “Eyes,” which places an emphasis on the act seeing? Is there something we do not see that Animal wants us to see? Does the act of seeing—perhaps of seeing the conditions in which Animal and his people live—stand in the way of understanding?