My First Goose: by Isaac Babel

We're Having a Goose Time


The narrator is a hungry soldier that asks for food, but gets his request denied. He becomes angry, picks up a sword left nearby, and kills his own goose. He then orders to have it cooked for him. After dining, he goes to sleep, still having an angry mindset.

Examples of Narration

The narrator is speaking in first person. Examples of this narration are when he refers to himself in the story, “Yes, I can read and write,” I replied, envying the flower and iron of that youthfulness.


The tone the narrator uses can be best described as agitated. For example, he states, “Christ!” I said, digging into the goose with my sword. “Go and cook it for me, landlady.”