Jill Paton Walsh Writing Styles in Knowledge of Angels

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Point of View

Knowledge of Angels is told in standard third person narration, sometimes switching scenes several times within a chapter. The author's prologue, however, gives an added perspective to the narration, likening the narrator's view to that of angels, who hover above the world and see everything. Unlike the characters in the novel, who are limited by their narrow view of the world, the reader is able to see the good and bad and must watch helplessly as the tragic events unfold. If the characters in the novel had access to this knowledge of angels, they might have seen beyond their religious beliefs and had mercy on the people who were hurt by their actions.

Setting

The story takes place in the mid-1400s on an imaginary Spanish island similar to Mallorca. While the author is careful to remind readers that this is a work of fiction, the...

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