Gabriel García Márquez Writing Styles in The Autumn of the Patriarch

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel changes rapidly and unexpectedly. The novel begins from the point of view of a crowd invading the Presidential palace after the death of the General. It shifts after a while to the third person describing the point of view of the General, and various other people responding to him. Due to the stream of consciousness style of the novel, with its use of the third person and the first person to refer to the General in the same sentence, the point of view becomes confusing; for example, the General is referred to as both "he, him, his" and "I, me, mine". Generally the point of view is mainly in the third person, with the use of "I, me, mine" referring to text that is spoken or thought dialogue. It is also confusing because, other than this, dialogue is not...

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