Tim O'Brien Writing Styles in In the Lake of the Woods

Tim O'Brien
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Point of View

The story is written from the author's point of view with the perspectives alternating between various characters. For the most part, the perspective comes from John though Kathy is sometimes in control as well. The "Evidence" chapters are the exceptions with these being presented in a series of statements from real and imagined sources as they relate to the subjects at hand. For example, the author uses a fictional account of the death of a member of John's military company to provide some information about the court martial. In another instance, the author compares the massacre in Vietnam to that of the Indians at the hands of Custer, a real event in America's history. There are also statements from many people associated with the lives of John and Kathy. John's mother talks about his childhood and his relationship with his father. Tony Carbo talks about his...

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