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Tracy Chevalier Writing Styles in Girl with a Pearl Earring

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is first person, told through Griet's perspective, told through limited omniscience, as the reader only has access to Griet's thoughts and emotions. The story is told in past-tense narration, as if Griet is looking back at her life's events years later. The point of view could have been better utilized for suspense, but because Griet is the narrator, and because the story is told in past tense, there is no real sense of suspense created through the narration alone. Griet immediately dispels any aroused questions of suspense in the narration immediately after its creation. Even though the story is told in first person, the narration is believable and the reader is never lead to believe that Griet is leading them astray. This reliability is created through Griet's character, as she is presented as a very straight-shooting girl who is...

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