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Hanya Yanagihara Writing Styles in A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
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Point of View

The novel is mostly narrated in the limited third person, adhering to one character perspective at a time. The narrational tense shifts between present tense and past tense based on whether the narration is describing events of the main narrative or whether it is expositing upon past events from the characters’ lives. The novel’s point-of-view characters are Jude, Willem, Harold, and JB, with Jude’s perspective being the most prominent, as he is the most central character in the novel. Willem’s perspective gives insights into his insecurities and his relationship to his career, while JB’s perspective sheds light on his struggles with drug addiction and his regrets regarding his friendships and relationships. When Harold is the narrator, he narrates in the first person and is the only character to do so. Also, his narration is addressed, in a somewhat abstract manner, to...

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