Alex Garland Writing Styles in The Beach

Alex Garland
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The story is told in entirety through the eyes of Richard. All of the action is in his presence or provided to the reader through a conversation with Richard. His actions and reactions propel the plot.

This point of view provides the reader with intimate knowledge of Richard and how he thinks of himself and those around him. When Richard creates the ghost of Daffy in order to handle the complex feelings he is experiencing, the author begins building the character of Daffy to converse with Richard about what to do next. However, the character of Daffy is an extension of Richard.

The story is told as if Richard is somewhere safe and is speaking of this adventure to a friend. He mentions once that the telling of the story may help him find meaning and purpose. Richard relays what happened in chronological order, only interrupting...

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