A. B. Guthrie, Jr. Writing Styles in The Big Sky

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Point of View

The book is written in the third person point of view with an impersonal narrator. This perspective allows the narrator to provide the reader with descriptions of scenery and background details that completes the setting and the action of the novel. The novel is basically the story of Boone Caudill and his life on the frontier. If the author had chosen the first person perspective, the knowledge of the reader would have been confined to events that happened in the presence of the storyteller and the reader's information would be limited. The use of the third person perspective avoids this problem and allows the author to provide information to the reader.

The use of the third person is appropriate for a novel of this kind since it allows the author to provide the information about the setting, characters, events, etc. There is a great deal of...

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