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Patricia Highsmith Writing Styles in Carol

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Point of View

The author uses a third person perspective that is "in the head" of Therese, the story's main character. This is appropriate as the novel is about Therese's movement from her teen years to adulthood, the shaping of her identity, and the courage to move forward. Her actions cause reactions as others move forward from their own static positions. As she is the instigator, though others may not even realize the role she plays in their lives, telling the story from her perspective makes the story stronger.

At the same time, it is important to note that Therese starts out being young and naive. Throughout the narrative, she tends to do things without thinking of others. Readers learn about characters from her perspective, unless they speak themselves. It is left to the reader to decide whether or not her perspective is reliable. Is Harge really evil...

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