Wallace Stegner Writing Styles in Recapitulation

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Point of View

The novel is written in the third person point of view. The point of view centers on Bruce Mason, a diplomat who has returned to his hometown to arrange the funeral for an aunt who has been in his care for many years. As Bruce explores all his old haunts, he begins to move back and forth from the present to the past. In order to better explore these memories with the reader, the author has chosen the third person point of view with an omniscient quality that allows the reader to see and experience Bruce's thoughts and emotions alongside, remembering the past with Bruce. This narration also allows the reader to view some of Bruce's dreams in which Mature Bruce experiences again some of the climatic moments of his relationships with a girlfriend, a best friend, and his family.

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