John Banville Writing Styles in Mrs. Osmond

John Banville
This Study Guide consists of approximately 37 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Mrs. Osmond.
This section contains 896 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Mrs. Osmond Study Guide

Point of View

Mrs. Osmond is told from a limited third person point of view. This mainly focuses on Isabel Osmond’s perspective, but there are a few chapters at the beginning of Part II that shift to Gilbert Osmond’s perspective while he is at Bellosguardo in Italy.

Isabel is a character who has never been “without a “position”,” as she has either resided in her father’s home or with her husband after her father’s death for the entirety of her life (74). Given a large inheritance from her deceased uncle, Isabel provides an upper-class point of view, and the reader is likely unable to identify with what Isabel feels is the “burdensomeness of her wealth” (23). It is evident that Isabel is out of touch with how the lower class functions, and this becomes more obvious to Isabel in various encounters with her maid, Staines.

As...

(read more)

This section contains 896 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Mrs. Osmond Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Mrs. Osmond from BookRags. (c)2020 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.