Caroline B. Cooney Writing Styles in Diamonds in the Shadow

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Point of View

Diamonds in the Shadow is told in third-person limited omniscience narration from the revolving point-of-view of the four children: Jared, Mopsy, Mattu, and Alake. In all the character's chapters, the narration is completely reliable, and gives great insight into each character's thoughts and emotions, particularly because the children aren't good about sharing their fears or hopes out loud. Because the novel surrounds a dangerous secret being held by the Amabo family, the modulating point-of-view is crucial to understanding the plot of the novel as a whole. This point of view becomes particularly important when dealing with Alake's character. Since Alake is mute, the reader would have no access to her thoughts, or more importantly, her past history, if the point of view were different. Since, the reader is held very close to each of the children during their chapters of narration, they are rewarded with rich...

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