Elizabeth Brundage Writing Styles in All Things Cease to Appear

Elizabeth Brundage
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Point of View

The novel is almost entirely written in the third person with a limited narrator, meaning that while the narration is written from disembodied, supposedly objective voice, the events tends to be limited to the thoughts and actions of one character at a time. The character the narration is centered on changes often, sometimes even multiple times within a section. The limited nature of the narration means that the tone, vocabulary, and even the perception of events occurring can be subtly changed or manipulated by the character centered by the narration. This reveals the permeation of subjectivity even into recorded events that are meant to be objective. The narration is not necessarily completely unreliable in a typical sense, but rather the reader is able to see the subtle differences in perspectives between different characters.

The one major exception to the third person narrator is the chapter...

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