Alice Munro Writing Styles in The Bear Came Over the Mountain

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Point of View

Although the story is written in the third person, the narration is always confined to a specific character’s perspective at any given time. The story’s brief opening section is written from Fiona’s perspective, while the rest of the story is consistently written from Grant’s perspective. This places an emphasis on Grant’s marital experiences and emotional struggles during the narrative, but this perspective is inherently connected to Fiona’s perspective. In the main narrative, Grant’s thoughts and decisions are generally motivated by Fiona’s apparent mental and emotional needs, as their bond is strong, and Fiona’s mental and emotional state are generally very apparent to Grant. However, this consistent sense of consideration from Grant contrasts with the period of his life containing his marital affairs. The connection between Grant and Fiona’s perspectives appears to be formed in part...

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