Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 - April 11, 1987) was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South like the novels Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region. We also meet the problem of the racism in his short story "Daughter". This story touches post slavery period and describes us conditions of life of poor black people of that time. We noticed that the story under analysis narrated from the third person. We can assume that the narrator was the witness of these events because he knows the names of the heroes and tells us with accuracy about it. Also we can assume that he took part in this story. The story begins with exposition and it's little bit mislead the reader but at the same time it makes him interested. The story consists of so called "triangle": Jim, Sheriff and crowd. The crowd appears at us like a one person, we couldn't allocate from it a certain one. Also we couldn't guess what would happen in the beginning. But due to the "crowd" we understood that our expectations are in vain because everything has already happened. It confirms by the phrases from already mentioned crowd: "What was the trouble out at your place this morning, Jim?", "It must have been an accident, wasn't it, Jim?" So we could guess that something serious or maybe terrible have happened at the protagonists' place. But we aren't incited against the protagonist because the narrator created such feeling that Jim wasn't guilty. It confirms in already mentioned phrases. But it becomes obvious in the second part of the story. In the whole story we meet a lol of repeated phrases and questions. It makes the story more emphatic and vivid. Also the narrator shows
us the superiority of the white people using such phrases as: "Negro", "Colored...