Alice Walker Writing Styles in Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

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Point of View

The bulk of the text is told by a third-person narrator with a limited understanding of the characters’ thoughts and feelings. This narrator mainly has access to Kate’s thoughts, but also accesses Yolo’s inner life, as well.

Kate maintains the status as the central protagonist based on the fact that, when Yolo and Kate are together, the narrator solely focuses on her experience. Yolo’s thoughts become secondary. However, when Kate and Yolo are separated in the middle portion of the novel, the narrator discusses Yolo’s inner workings.

Certain portions of the novel are not relayed by the narrator, but by the “Grandmother” figure that Kate experiences. These portions of the novel are marked by italicized texts and span either full chapters, or portions of chapters. These sections of the novel do not advance the plot in any way, but they are...

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