Peter Carey Writing Styles in Parrot and Olivier in America

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The point of view of "Parrot & Olivier in America" is the first person, It is limited in view and reliable. Parrot and Olivier alternate in narrating the story and each of them tells the story from his own perspective. Their reliability is assumed as neither narrator is ever proven to lie. The switch back and forth between the two narrators from a first-person viewpoint is very important to the novel as it focuses largely on comparing the views of these two characters, an aristocrat and a servant, throughout their experiences in America.

The exposition and dialogue for each character in this novel are distributed fairly equally, but there is a slight bit more exposition as the narrators frequently describe the events and scenes in meticulous detail. Additionally, Parrot and Olivier occasionally provide some back story about their pasts and childhoods which is written as exposition primarily...

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