Darkly Dreaming Dexter Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who is Dexter Morgan? Who is his father and what was his occupation? Describe the relationship Dexter has with his father.

Dexter Morgan is a blood analysis expert, who is also a serial killer. Dexter's foster father, a police officer named Harry Morgan, taught Dexter how to kill in a way that will keep him from getting caught. Harry also taught Dexter to only kill people who deserve to die. As a result, Dexter only targets serial killers and child molesters.

2. Whose point of view the story is told from? How is this point of view useful in understanding the overall meaning of the novel?

Darkly Dreaming Dexter is told from first-person point of view. The first-person point of view is useful in understanding the overall meaning of the novel in that we learn why the narrator, Dexter, acts in a certain manner. It also justifies to the reader why Dexter kills.

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