Ron Hansen (novelist) Writing Styles in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Ron Hansen (novelist)
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Point of View

The story appears to be written in third person and from an omniscient perspective though it could be argued that the story is first person because of the presentation from the author's perspective. This perspective is evidenced by the presentation of some of the facts. For example, there is a passage in chapter four in which the author details an incident in which Johnny Samuels causes a fight at a party and is shot. The author describes Johnny but makes it clear that these details come from his research. The passage reads, in part, "records mention a graceful young man with luxurious golden brown hair, liquid blue eyes, a soft, combed mustache and beard, and the complexion of a girlchild - one writer even compared his beauty to that seen in Flemish paintings ..." This reference to records and other writers makes it obvious that the story...

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