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W. Somerset Maugham Writing Styles in Rain

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Style

Point of View

The narrative is generally related from the third-person, omniscient, point of view but has surprisingly complex second-person observations intermingled throughout the text. For example, after describing a scene in traditional third-person point of view the narrative structure will shift, briefly, into the second-person to establish tone or mood, and then quickly return to the third-person. Although the unnamed and distant narrator is omniscient, character motivation is not exposed except through action and dialogue. The point of views used, and their method of implementation, are enjoyable and provide a strong narrative structure which is highly accessible and engaging.

Nearly all of the narrative describing action and dialogue is related from the standard third-person point of view. The second-person point of view narrative departures are generally limited to descriptions of the environment. For example, the third-person is used to describe how Dr. Macphail watches the rain and becomes...

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