Hubert Selby Jr. Writing Styles in Requiem for a Dream: A Novel

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Point of View

The novel is told almost equally from a third and first person point of view. The third person voice is a storyteller, offering only the details as they happened. The reader can then logically anticipate certain turns. For example, when the characters are in denial about their addictions, the narrative voice offers the facts of the situation so the reader knows otherwise. The first person point of view gives the reader the opportunity to see the flaws and the worth in the personalities of each character. The reader gets to know each character through their dialogue, dialect, tones and mannerisms.

Setting

Most of the novel is set in the Bronx area of New York. The area has two personalities represented by the various characters' experience. Sara, Ada and the rest of their friends live in a quiet area of the Bronx. It is a closely-knit predominantly...

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