Anne Carson Writing Styles in Autobiography of Red

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Point of View

The main narrative point of view of the piece is third person limited, anchored by the experiences of central character and protagonist Geryon. The reader is given the opportunity to follow Geryon’s coming of age from both the outside, observing events as Geryon experiences them, and the inside, being brought into the feelings, thoughts, and insights he experiences as a result of those events. This means that the actions and/or intentions of the other characters, such as Herakles and Ancash, are left open for interpretation: the reader and Geryon are placed in approximately the same position of trying to infer motivation and meaning.

The central narrative is bookended / framed with short, fictionalized and/or adapted writing by, or about, Stesichoros, the Ancient Greek poet who extracted the story of Geryon from the myth of Hercules (Herakles) and developed it into a parallel, complementary...

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