Paula Fox Writing Styles in Desperate Characters

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Point of View

The narrator writes in the third-person. But she rarely departs from narrating from Sophie's perspective. Only occasionally does the narrator discuss events outside of Sophie's attention, enter the minds of other characters, or even describe scenes beyond what Sophie is currently viewing. Sophie's conversations are perhaps the majority of the written text. Thus, while the story is written in the third person it rarely jumps beyond describing one person's thoughts and actions, albeit in a third-personal fashion. The modes of narrative seem to divide into five parts: (1) independent narrative, (2) narrating Sophie's actions, (3) narrating Sophie's thoughts (4) narrating Sophie's conversations, and (5) narrating Sophie's observations. Independent narrative occurs when the author describes things outside of Sophie's immediate perception. The narration of Sophie's thought is perhaps the most significant narration, if not the most lengthy. The narration of Sophie's actions usually occurs at a fairly fast clip, while Sophie's conversations...

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