Yann Martel Writing Styles in Beatrice and Virgil

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Point of View

The story is told from the third person limited point of view – that is, from the tightly focused perspective of protagonist Henry. In many ways, the style and focus of the piece might seem to lend itself to a first person approach, given that the narrative is so narrowly tied to the central character’s perceptions, actions, and reactions: there is virtually no insight into other characters other than what is filtered through Henry’s experiences, and interpretations of those experiences. This puts the reader in close emotional and intellectual proximity to the protagonist: not quite as close as first person narration might, but close enough for the reader to become effectively engaged with Henry’s experiences and thought processes.

On the other hand, there are also several places where the book inserts narratives written from other points of view in the form of writing...

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