Deborah Harkness Writing Styles in A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness
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Point of View

Though most authors choose either a first or third-person perspective, this novel is divided between the two. The majority of the novel is in first-person, limited to Diana's perspective. In those scenes, the reader knows only what Diana knows, However, there are several scenes that take place while Diana is not physically present or while she is sleeping. In those scenes, the perspective moves to third person. It remains limited in scope, but not as limited as when Diana is in control of the perspective.

The limited perspectives are lessened by the fact that people have lengthy conversations, discussing the various aspects of their situations, and these conversations are a means of conveying details and thoughts. For example, Diana may be listening to others talk about what they will be doing next or why they are concerned about a specific situation which reveals information to...

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