Writing Techniques in The Heart of Midlothian

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The three main areas of technique that have attracted attention are plot, characterization, and style. Of these, plot is the most often discussed. One of the standard criticisms of Scott's novels is their languid openings (though some critics earnestly defend them, noting the need for the historical and other background information for the story to be clear).

In the case of The Heart of Midlothian, however, the action commences early in the story. After the first chapter (indeed tiresome, to many readers), which is part of the introductory material to the "Tales of My Landlord," the second chapter immediately takes up the situation that leads to the Porteous riot, introducing key characters Wilson, Robertson, and Porteous himself.

The violent action of the riot and hanging of Porteous by the mob is told in a lively and brilliantly scenic fashion (a few critics have noted Sir Walter's...

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