Margot Livesey Writing Styles in Mercury

Margot Livesey
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Point of View

This story is told from the first person point of view of two different main characters in the novel. Donald narrates Part 1 and Part 3 of the novel as he tries to determine what led to the changes in his wife that prompted her to purchase a gun. In Part 3, Donald describes the aftermath of Jack’s death and his struggle with himself as he tried to decide if he should turn his wife in to the police. Part 2 of the novel is told from the first person point of view of Viv as she tries to defend her actions. Donald’s sections of the novel are written to the reader in general while Viv’s section is written for herself.

The first person point of view is appropriate in this novel as Donald and Viv are the only ones able to tell their side of...

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