G. K. Chesterton Writing Styles in The Ball and the Cross

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Point of View

The novel utilizes a third person limited narratorial point of view, although it more closely focuses on the thoughts and actions of MacIan and Turnbull than any other characters. While the narrator uses a voice that is very conscious of the fact that it is telling a story, it reveals little or nothing at all about characters or events that do not directly involve the main protagonists. For example, when MacIan and Turnbull mistakenly locate themselves on different countries multiple times in the novel, the narrator gives no indication that they are incorrect until they have been informed by some other character.

Because the novel uses a third person narrator that clings closely to the experiences of its protagonists, the descriptions of other people and places in the story are frequently colored by MacIan and Turnbull’s perception of them. When they encounter the peacemaker...

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