Hideo Yokoyama Writing Styles in Six Four: A Novel

Hideo Yokoyama
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Point of View

Six Four is written from the third-person limited-omniscient point of view. The narrator is Mikami, a police officer whose interiority is strongly represented in the narrative. In fact, the only perspective that the reader gets is that of Mikami; Mikami is the eyes of the reader. He is a biased, unreliable narrator for he has a stake in the story being told. Therefore, the narration should be considered an interpretation of actual events. The reader "learns" things as Mikami does too.

The narration is far from subjective. Statements of observation, such as "Utsuki...seemed in better spirits" (126), are Mikami's interpretation of what he experiences. Thus in this example, the reader can not know without doubt that Utsuki was feeling better, but instead only can know that Mikami sensed that Utsuki was in better spirits. The narration thus is not a recounting of narrative absolutes, but...

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