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Point of View

Although the novel utilizes a third-person narrator, William Andrews functions as the narrative’s main point of view. All information conveyed to the reader is dictated by Andrews’ own experience and location. In other words, Andrews is never absent from any of the novel’s scenes. The novel uses this perspective in order to emphasize Andrews’ experience and transformation over the course of the narrative, despite the fact that the narrative also focuses heavily on Miller. In Part Two of the novel, the narrative often checks in with Andrews and examines his experience of the expedition, but just as often, the narrative conveys the actions and drama concerning Miller. This is due to the fact that Andrews often finds his own attention drawn to Miller, who as the party's charismatic, captivating leader seems to command attention.

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