Lawrence Thornton Writing Styles in Imagining Argentina

Lawrence Thornton
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Point of View

The overall perspective of the novel changes as different events occur. For most of the novel, Martin Benn serves as the narrator and talks directly to the reader. He relays the events as they happened in the past. However, Benn is a limited narrator. He loses much of his omniscience throughout the novel when certain events occur. When he does not know what Carlos was thinking during a specific moment of the novel, he will admit to not knowing what was going on in Carlos's mind.

However, despite this acknowledgment in a lack of perspective in a specific situation, Benn's lack of knowledge does not limit the reader's experience or understanding of the event in the overall plot. Carlos never speaks to the reader. Instead, Benn fully controls the novel for the most of the plot and tells the reader as much as he knows. In...

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