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Writing Techniques in Gentleman's Agreement

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Hobson's techniques are straightforward. She incorporates a third person omniscient narrator and relies heavily on dialogue. The quality of the dialogue is inconsistent. Frequently realistic, there are occasions when Hobson attributes long-winded lines to her characters, whose speech emerges as artificial and somewhat trite.

The reader's attention is held more by the subject matter than by the author's simple writing technique. Some of the situations are too obvious, and when Green's family and acquaintances reveal their anti-Semitic reactions, the plot seems to become artificially contrived. The romance between Kathy and Phil is not realistically presented and the ending is not satisfying. Predictably, Kathy realizes the error in her ways and somehow readjusts her thinking as she returns to Green. The novel's content, rather than its literary technique, makes it a notable work.

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