John Edgar Wideman Writing Styles in Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir

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Point of View

The main point of view for Brothers and Keepers is John's first person point of view. Through this perspective, the reader can see how John feels about his brother's situation and their lives in a close up and personal way. The reader gets an inside look into John's private thoughts about his visits in jail and what he thinks of his brother's dire situation. John represents the educated, black male point of view in the book. His voice stands as the authority. John reveals a lot about himself and his life through this perspective.

The story of Garth switches to a third person, omniscient point of view. This entire story is told from a distance as Garth's suffering from AIDS in the hospital and death is discussed. The reader can see Garth as a representation of the every black man because of this distant perspective. It...

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