Rachel Cusk Writing Styles in Outline

Rachel Cusk
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Point of View

The novel is written as a narrative from the first-person perspective. This gives an interesting twist as silence, based on Faye's silence in the novel, is a motif that runs throughout it. Faye, the narrator, does not speak directly to the other characters. Ironically, however, she exposes herself to readers as she relates what the others have said to her. She uses reported speech and rarely uses quotation marks.

The point of view also supports the motif of illusion versus reality. The narrator gives the illusion of being silent. In reality she is talking all the time. She records a sequence of events, inserting other things to make it interesting.

It is important, though, to realize that the author is looking for answers and wants to validate her life. She does not want to take the blame for her divorce. Thus, it is possible that...

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