Sherman Alexie Writing Styles in Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock

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Point of View

The story is told from the first person point of view, a fact established by the use of the word "my" in the first sentence of the story: "During the sixties, my father was the perfect hippie, since all the hippies were trying to be Indians." In first person works, the story is narrated by one of the characters, who gives the reader his or her view of the events in the work. first person narratives like this one are very personal. Since Victor talks to readers directly—instead of having his thoughts and feelings related to the reader through an outside, third person narrator—readers feel closer to Victor.

Setting

As Victor remembers his father's life and experiences, the setting changes several times. These setting changes are not arbitrary. Each time, the setting is important to the narrative. When the story begins, Victor...

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