Pat Conroy Writing Styles in The Great Santini

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Point of View

Pat Conroy tell his novel "The Great Santini" from the point of view of the third-person omniscient narrator. This is done for two specific reasons. The first is that the story tells about a relationship between a distinctly different duo of father and son, and each character has to have his story told fully. The first-person narrative mode would not allow this. Also, due to the wide range of events in the story, an omniscient voice is needed. Telling the story from third person keeps the reader informed and up to speed on events going on in the town, in the lives of its citizens, and in each of the Meechams.

Language and Meaning

Pat Conroy tell his novel "The Great Santini" in language that is simple and straightforward, but also reflective. The novel is very complex. It involves innumerable events,situations, and emotions. Simple...

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