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Michael Malone Writing Styles in Handling Sin

Michael Malone
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The story uses an omniscient (all-knowing) third-person point of view (POV) with a narrative voice that makes comments on the story and life in general. Oftentimes, as with chapter titles, the voice takes on a satirical quality, such as referring to Raleigh as Our Hero. This is a technique often used in humorous fiction, especially those novels written in the 1970s and 1980s. It also harkens back to Cervantes' Don Quixote, considered by many literary historians to be the first novel of its kind, the first modern novel because the style is still in use with variations and improvements made over the centuries. Don Quixote was first published in 1605 with a second volume published in 1615.

The POV shifts from current events to backstory often, which can leave the reader unsure of plot settings and character interactions if too quickly skimmed. The narrator mostly concentrates on the...

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