Alice Hoffman Writing Styles in Practical Magic

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Point of View

The point of view in the story is third person. The character followed by the narrator most often is Sally Owens although Gillian, Kylie, and Antonia are often shadowed as well. There are other characters who have their point of view shown in the story' but it is limited and only seen in order to view the various Owen women as an outsider would see them. The story is told in present tense but there are allusions to glimpses of the future making the point of view seem omniscient at times.

The omniscient view in the story makes the magical aspects of the book easier to understand, such as Kylie's ability to see or smell other people's emotions and how they affect her. This point of view also provides a better description or view of the things that happen in regards to Jimmy's haunting of Gillian's...

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