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Margaret Atwood Writing Styles in Lady Oracle

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Point of View

Joan Foster, the main character of the novel, narrates the scenes, either in first person point of view, or in the third-person viewpoint from within the novel. Since the story centers on Joan's growth as a person, and on her acceptance of the past, this viewpoint is vital to the success of the novel. Joan's confused and uncontrolled inner thoughts are presented with highly detailed descriptions of emotional turmoil and self-abuse, resulting in a highly engaging, intelligent, and honest narrative. Additionally, this first person viewpoint allows the plotline to center on characters vital at a particular point in the story. For example, the character of Leda Sprott is introduced several times within the novel, within specific sets of circumstances revolving around Joan. This tight narrative is only possibly through the first person viewpoint.

Additionally, when Joan is writing Stalked by Love, the third-person viewpoint is necessary...

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