James Welch (poet) Writing Styles in Fools Crow

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Point of View

Fools Crow is written in the third-person omniscient point of view. This allows the reader to observe situations through the senses and inner thoughts of each character without partiality. The focal character shifts from scene to scene, offering perspectives from different focal characters and allowing readers to make determinations without being told what to think. For instance, at the council meeting the General Sully makes the points of contention clear when he meets with the Pikunis chiefs. The reader sees things from the white man's point of view, but then also knows the thoughts and feelings of the Indian Chiefs. Most of the Indian chiefs eye the seizers with suspicion knowing that Mountain Chief will not take killing Owl Child lightly because he is part of Mountain Chief's band. This is an example of being privy to thoughts and feelings of focal characters which adds to...

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