Carol Shields Writing Styles in The Stone Diaries

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Point of View

The point of view of this book is constantly changing, even when it comes to Daisy Goodwill's own observations. Most of the time it is told in the third person with Daisy as the omniscient narrator. The reader is at the mercy of Daisy and her flawed view to tell the story as she sees it. Daisy always lets the reader know that she is in charge in these cases. Daisy switches to first-person view at times to reinforce this. It is as if she is a character and the narrator at the same time, seeing her life from the future. Sometimes, in fact, she even switches to second-person narrative, an uncommon point of view for a novel, to answer a question she predicts the reader will have. The three together create exactly what Daisy wishes, an almost arrogant assertion that the reader will have the...

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