Tom Perrotta Writing Styles in Little Children

Tom Perrotta
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Point of View

"Little Children" is told from the perspective of an omniscient narrator. The stories told are mainly those of Todd, Sarah, Larry, and Ronnie, though Kathy's, Richard's, May's, and Mary Ann's are also told throughout, just not as in-depth as the others. Each person's side of a situation is laid out by itself, meaning other characters' thoughts and feelings don't mingle in each scene. Rather, each character has his or her own scene told from the omniscient narrator's point of view.

The benefit for the reader of an omniscient narrator is that the reader can see the whole picture of the story as it unfolds. The emotions and thoughts of each character are known to the reader, if not to one another. This allows for the reader to possibly predict what will happen before the characters themselves know, since the reader has a more comprehensive view...

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