Jerzy Kosiński Writing Styles in Being There

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Point of View

The novel is told using third person point of view. The first three chapters are primarily told from Chance's perspective, giving the reader greater insight into the simplicity of his character and his views on the world. Chapters 4 through 7 include the views of several other characters, including EE Rand, Thomas Franklin, the President of the United States, and Ambassador Skrapinov. These characters' points of view are focused mainly on how they feel about and relate to Chance. This technique provides the reader with more awareness as to how Chance's personality impacts the other characters. It is interesting to note that the viewpoints of two key characters, the Old Man and Benjamin Rand, are never fully explored.

Exposition and dialogue are used interchangeably throughout the novel. Much of the exposition includes philosophical insights on television and reality as expressed by Chance and other characters. These insights add...

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