John Howard Griffin Writing Styles in Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin
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Perspective

Throughout the entire novel, Griffin writes in first person. This helps to achieve his tone, which is extremely personal. The first person narrative also makes sense because of the structure of the novel. It is also important to note that while Griffin does keep the first person perspective, he is at times writing from the view of three different people: a white man, a black man, and a white man trapped in a black man's skin.

At the beginning and end of the book, Griffin writes as a white man. In the beginning of the novel, all he can do is quote facts and others' experiences concerning the situation of Black Americans. While he is sympathetic to the racial in justice that is happening in the South, he also wants to keep an unbiased opinion. At the end of the book, Griffin's perspective as completely changed. He believes...

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