Dan Simmons Writing Styles in Hyperion

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Point of View

Hyperion provides the reader with several differing points of view. The chapters are interchangeable from third person omniscient to first person. The pilgrims tell their stories in first person, while the interludes explaining where they are on Hyperion are told in third person omniscient. Each chapter begins with the third person omniscient, allowing the reader to reassess with the characters as a group.

Each chapter includes one of the pilgrim's stories, in first person. This variation on perspective allows the reader to fully experience what it would be like to actually travel on the pilgrimage and to hear the story firsthand. The author did an excellent job seamlessly transitioning between the two perspectives.

The story of Father Hoyt and The Consul are the two that switch from the pilgrims talking in first person, to someone else in first person. In Father Hoyt's case, his idol, Father...

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