Tony Earley Writing Styles in Jim the Boy

Tony Earley
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Point of View

"Jim the Boy: A Novel" is written in third person from a limited perspective. The majority of the story is written from Jim's point of view though there are two letters in the story from other perspectives. Both letters are meant to provide the reader additional background to further explain the story. The first is written by Jim's Uncle Zeno and is addressed to Jim's grandfather, Amos. That letter explains the death of Jim's father and Jim's birth. The second is written by Cissy, Jim's mother. That letter is addressed to Jim's father who is already dead as Cissy writes the letter. The purpose of that letter is to explain how Cissy feels about the possibility of marrying another and the effect she fears this might have on Jim. There are other exceptions to the limited perspective. One is seen in the chapter titled "Jim at...

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