Robert Penn Warren Writing Styles in Short Story Masterpieces

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Point of View

The points of view in the stories in this collection range from first person to third person. Stories such as in 'The Egg,' 'Liberty Hall,' 'My Oedipus Complex,' 'Innocence,' 'A Spinster's Tale,' 'You Could Look It Up,' 'Why I Live at the PO,' and 'The Use of Force' use the first-person point of view. This is necessary, because these stories all involve either deep emotional issues or a very personal recollection of events. These deep emotions, such as the depression felt in 'The Egg,' the jealousy in 'My Oedipus Complex,' and the shame in 'The Use of Force' can only really be understood through the eyes and heart of the person feeling these emotional connections. Without an understanding of the character's personal behaviors, such emotions would be lost. In addition, the personal recollection of the ball player...

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