Bernard Cornwell Writing Styles in Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812

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The novel is presented in the third-person, omniscient viewpoint, traditional for fiction and particularly suited to the narrative structure presented. Richard Sharpe, the primary protagonist of the novel, is present in most scenes of the novel but occasionally the scene varies so that alternative viewpoints can be presented. The most-prevalent of these concern Dubreton, Ducos, and the other French officers as they develop their assault strategy, as well as the introductory material that considers events prior to the novel's primary timeline. The narrator divulges internal thoughts and attitudes of the protagonist and some other characters. The majority of the story is told through action and dialogue; revealed thoughts are fairly frequent but generally are used for characterization rather than plot development.

The third-person point of view allows Sharpe to be presented in a highly-sympathetic manner. For example, the narrative structure portrays Sharpe's failure to prevent the...

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