Flannery O'Connor Writing Styles in Mystery and Manners; Occasional Prose

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Perspective

This nonfiction book is written in the first person narrative perspective. This means that the person relating the essays is the author herself and she delivers her views and relates events according to her own perception of them. The author does not supply any insight into the motives, feelings, or actions of any other people and can only relate instances about these people from her own point of view. When there are conversations detailed, the author can simply relate what the other person says, and although the author may guess at the other person's thoughts, she cannot share them with the reader. Because the nature of the book is a nonfiction account of a person's philosophy on different topics, there is little room for any other points of view. This relaying of personal thoughts is punctuated at times by the retelling of events or incidents to add some...

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