Jesse Ball Writing Styles in A Cure For Suicide

Jesse Ball
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Point of View

The author starts the narrative using a third person point of view. In doing so, he lets readers into the village and allows them to learn lessons as the claimant learns them. He also give readers the same sense of mystery the claimant has. Why is he there? What is happening? Readers learn to trust the examiner as she and her notes are the only way for them to learn about the claimant's process.

The third person narration lets readers view the protagonist in a voice that's the story's not the character's.

Things change, however, when readers finally learn the claimant's backstory. Then it is important to learn about the claimant's character. This is best done through the claimant's own voice. He needs to tell his own story. Thus the point of view switches from third person to first person as the claimant makes his...

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