Alice Munro Writing Styles in Moons of Jupiter (short story)

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Point of View

The story is told entirely from Janet’s perspective, as the story is written in the first person with Janet as the narrator. This choice of narrative mode serves to filter all of the story’s events through Janet’s own perspective and narrative voice. Moreover, the prevalence of Janet’s perspective draws narrative focus to her specific thoughts and feeling regarding her relationships with others. Much of the story’s thematic focus is shaped by Janet’s experiences and meditations on how she relates to her father and to her daughters, and thus the first-person perspective allows the narrative to deeply develop Janet’s experience of these family ties.

On the other hand, while Janet’s perspective has primacy over the other characters’ perspectives, the narrative still manages to indirectly develop Janet’s father’s personal perspective as a driving narrative and thematic force...

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