John Hersey Writing Styles in A Bell for Adano

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Point of View

The story is written from the point of view of Major Joppolo the entire time. The narrator is an omniscient narrator that can give detailed insight when the story moves away from Joppolo; however every event that happens in the book relates in some way to Joppolo and his fate. From this point of view, the reader gains a better understanding of Joppolo as the main character and learns his motivations through his dialogue with other characters. However, the narrator will also tell the reader important facts, such as the fact that Joppolo really wanted to be popular in town and would often make decisions to encourage this popularity. The reader never gets an in-depth look at the other characters, such as Tina or Purvis, including his feelings and reactions to hearing that Joppolo is forced to leave Adano because of the report that he wrote...

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