Chrétien de Troyes Writing Styles in Arthurian Romances

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Point of View

The point of view in "Arthurian Romances" is third person. This point of view is omniscient and reliable, as the narrator can report not only the actions but the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the collection. This point of view allows the reader to anticipate much of the action that occurs because of having access to the emotions, thoughts and beliefs of the characters. The narrator's input also often alludes to the tone of pending events. By stating, for example, that Sir Gawain did not realize his danger allows the reader to infer that an adventure is approaching. This point of view provides the reader with more information than the individual characters have.

The story contains much exposition describing the landscape, the armor, the persons and people's reactions while providing comparatively little dialogue. There are many instances of dialogue that appear that...

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