P.D. James Writing Styles in Death Comes to Pemberley

P.D. James
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Point of View

Death Comes to Pemberley is a traditional cozy, murder mystery told from the perspective of a third-person, omniscient narrator. The narrator does not make commentary on the thoughts or actions of the characters. The focus remains on the events that take place, which is expected in the murder mystery genre. As such, the narrator is deemed reliable and unbiased to the facts of the case.

Because of the nature of gender roles of the past, when the focus shifts away from the central story, the focus becomes decidedly feminist and explores how feminine roles are marginalized, for example: when Darcy asks Alveston during Martha Piggott’s testimony why she hadn’t given evidence during the inquest when it is a crucial element during the trial. This is also evident when Alveston advocates accepting women’s minds, and how Elizabeth considers it Georgianna’s choice rather...

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