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Jane Austen Writing Styles in Emma

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Point of View

The story is told in the 3rd person, using a nameless narrator who is privy to all that is going on. At times, the narrator is not impartial, and positively drips with sarcasm or disdain when describing certain characters. This is particularly useful if you are curious to see what will happen later in the book. Instead of being confined to one person's view, you can begin to see the way that all of the characters are woven together from a distance.

This is an interesting way for a novel of this time period to be crafted. Austen was one of the few women during this time period that actively wrote novels. You get the impression that Austen herself is the narrator of the story and that she actually knew some of the people that appear as characters within.

The use of a narrator allows the...

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