Horatio Alger, Jr. Writing Styles in Ragged Dick and Mark, the Match Boy

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The points of view in the book Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy are the points of view of the author, Horatio Alger. The book is written in both the first and third person points of view with the author functioning as the narrator in each case. Most of the book is written in the third person point of view which allows the author to provide the background information that the reader requires. The reader's knowledge is not limited to the knowledge of the story teller which is the limitation of the use of the first person point of view. The author uses the first person to express his own views on social values in telling boys not to smoke or drink or to waste time and money on certain kinds of entertainment. In this way the author is talking directly to the reader. Writing...

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