Bernard Cornwell Writing Styles in Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign July 1809

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Point of View

Sharpe's Eagle is told by an omniscient third person narrator and comes primarily from the perspective of the protagonist Richard Sharpe. However, the narrator can and does access the thoughts of other characters. The perspective of Sharpe gives the novel its distinct tone and voice. Richard Sharpe is a thirty-two-year-old officer in the British army who has seen many battles. Sharpe's background as an impoverished orphan also colors his perspective. Sharpe's calm reserve in the face of danger and his understanding of the unfairness of the control by the rich and powerful governs the way Sharpe, the narrator, and the audience understands situations and events.

Because the narrator can access and relay the inner thoughts of characters other than Sharpe, the reader often feels events more intensely than if one saw them only from Sharpe's perspective. One can appreciate the friendship characters like Harper and Hogan...

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