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Anne Tyler Writing Styles in A Spool of Blue Thread

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Point of View

The book is written from many points of view from each family member. These seemingly disjointed stories eventually come together to create a plot and a cohesive story line. When each character speaks, it is given from the first person perspective, limited view, so that the reader is able to place themselves in that character's 'skin' for the moment to see some of the same events as the other characters, but from a different angle. The reader must keep in mind that very often the character who is speaking may only have part of the story, or may be assuming much of what they considered to be the truth, without actually knowing the whole story. When an event, such as Abby's decline, is viewed from several characters' perspectives, one begins to piece together an almost omniscient point of view.

Language and Meaning

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