Louise Erdrich Writing Styles in The Birchbark House

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Point of View

For the most part, the story is told from the third person, past tense point of view, with limited perspective - specifically, that of the central character, Omakayas. The main benefit of this point of view is that it draws the reader more fully into Omakayas' experiences, enabling a sense of intimacy and connection that, on some level, echoes Omakayas' sense of connection with nature. In other words, as Omakayas connects with a particular truth in the world around her, the reader is enabled, through point of view, to connect with her own particular truth and, perhaps by doing so, connect with his/her own version of that truth (i.e., a close connection with nature and spirit).

Occasionally, the point of view shifts to that of another character - for example, the story of chapter six is told from Pinch's point of view. The events...

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