Lloyd Alexander Writing Styles in The Black Cauldron

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Point of View

The story is told in third person, but it is very much from Taran's point of view. Taran's thoughts and emotions are followed closely, whereas other characters' feelings must be guessed from their speech and behavior. Taran is the main character, and the events are seen from his perspective. The reader therefore does not know what is happening elsewhere or with any other character when Taran is not present. Although there is a wider conflict and adventure taking place, it is Taran's story that is being focused on. One of the main themes in the book is growing up, learning responsibility, and dealing with pride. These ideas could not be communicated as effectively if the story did not focus on Taran. His emotional journey, and the lessons he learns, are just as important as what is actually happening in the story. By showing events from Taran's...

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