Norman Maclean Writing Styles in A River Runs Through It

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Point of View

All three short stories in this book are written in the first person point of view, giving the reader an intimate view into stories that are fictionalized versions of events that happened in the life of the writer, Norman Maclean. The first story, A River Runs Through It, is a story that illustrates the last few months of the life of the brother of the writer, Paul Maclean. Paul was a writer who was an excellent fly fisherman. The first point of view in this story not only provides an intimate view to this relationship, but it also helps build the emotion that the writer felt as he recalls his brother's final months. It is a story that on the surface seems to focus more on fly fishing than a relationship between brothers. However, the first person point of view allows the writer to offer commentary...

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