Willa Cather Writing Styles in A Lost Lady

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Point of View

This story is told from the third-person omniscient point of view with an emphasis on the experiences and thoughts of Niel. This point of view is well suited to the novel because it allows Niel to tell the story of his experiences with Mrs. Forrester without the reader getting too attached to Niel as a first person point of view might have done. This third person point of view also allows the writer to give an unbiased description of the other characters and their actions. Finally, if the novel was not written in a third person point of view, there would be no way for the author to tell about some of the important events in the plot of the novel such as Mrs. Forrester's secret sleigh ride with Frank Ellinger.

The story is told mostly through exposition with patches of dialogue scattered throughout the book...

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