Elie Wiesel Writing Styles in The Forgotten

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Point of View

"Forgotten" is told from the first-person point of view of its sixteen-year-old protagonist, London Lane. London has no memories and therefore, she never thinks about events in the past tense. However, because she has "memories" of the future, she often thinks of events in the future tense. London's memory resets each day at 4:33am. During the day, she speaks of things in present tense. If she is recalling something from an earlier moment in the same day, she will use past tense. The rest of the time London refers to events that will happen in the future as a way to reference something she should know about the present or the past. The concept itself should be confusing to the reader, but the author's voice and writing style allow the reader to follow London extremely well.

London narrates her story as it happens. Occasionally the reader...

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