Isaac Asimov Writing Styles in Foundation and Earth

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Point of View

The reader has an omniscient point of view. This works well because there are things each of the characters don't know at any given time. By providing the omniscient point of view, the writer is giving the reader the larger picture. That's vital since Travize and Bliss are constantly arguing. Bliss tries to sway Travize to her point of view and Trevize is constantly offering reasons to disagree. The dialog is used extensively, making it evident where each stands. What's not evident through the dialog is that Travize constantly questions whether Bliss might be correct. If the entire book were written from a single person's point of view, the reader would miss out on the unvoiced thoughts of the other. However, it's vital to know Travize's state of mind - especially when he admits to himself that the Gaian's absolute trust in him could affect his...

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