Boris Pasternak Writing Styles in Doctor Zhivago

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Point of View

Pasternak narrates the story from Dr. Zhivago's point of view, but offers insights into the depths of Lara's feelings as well by use of the omniscient narrator. All the other characters are presented without revealing their internal feelings or thought processes other than what they express to Yuri.

Often through melodramatic dialog, the passions of the main characters flow without restraint. All of Russia seems to wear their heart on their sleeves, which may or may not be an accurate representation of the time. The story appeals to the romantic side of readers, those who thrill to expansive scenery and passionately felt expressions of two lovers hopelessly gripped by their hearts and tragically separated. Pasternak's direct allusion to Romeo and Juliet adds to the effect.

Yuri and Lara have no trouble seeing the world for what it is. They cannot embrace the political propaganda, nor do...

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