Ian McEwan Writing Styles in Nutshell

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Point of View

The story is told from the first person perspective (as evident by the constant use of I) of an unnamed child living in the womb of Trudy. This character can hear what happens outside of the womb and interprets it for the reader. A strange aspect of this point-of-view is that the narrator is sometimes privy to information that is not apparent to him, such as the exchange within John and Claude in John’s office. The emotion behind the narrator’s point-of-view changes often, as his opinions of the other character’s changes as the murder plot develops, such as the narrator's early thoughts of killing Claude and his mother which later change.

Language and Meaning

Even though the story is from the perspective of an unborn child, the language and the metaphors within the prose seems like that of a well-read adult. Oddly...

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