Anne Tyler Writing Styles in Clock Dance

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Point of View

Clock Dance is told in the third person limited point of view following Willa’s thoughts and feelings for the entire story. This makes the writing feel more genuine, as there are many times throughout the novel where the author uses phrases to convey Willa’s beliefs without having her say them to other characters. One example of this is when she is thinking about Cheryl’s maturity and Denise’s participation in it. Willa thinks “there were times when (Cheryl) seemed to lack a mother as well, because surely the average mother would not expect a nine-year-old to fend for herself as much as Denise did” (185). It is important to understand that this is not the narrator or the author’s words, but Willa’s. Willa is the one who is making this assumption. Every moment in the novel where the narrator seems to...

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