Elizabeth George Speare Writing Styles in The Sign of the Beaver

Elizabeth George Speare
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Points of View

The entire story is told from the third person point of view. Generally utilizing the point of view of Matt, it follows his moods and timelines. The reader feels the uncertainties that Matt feels, at the same time that he is feeling them. When he is unhappy with himself for losing the rifle, the reader sympathizes with him. His fear is also felt as when he realizes he must go without protection and game. Likewise, his happiness is very apparent when he is complimented by Attean upon catching game and fish.

While readers don't see events from Attean's point of view, Matt's thoughts make the struggle Attean is feeling clear. The reader is led to understand the concern a young boy has when there is a struggle between two loved and respected elders, Attean's grandmother and grandfather.

Setting

While the entire story takes place in the...

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