Margaret Atwood Writing Styles in The Blind Assassin

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Point of View

The main novel is a mixture of first person narrative and third person limited omniscient. Much of it is told in the voice and remembrance of Iris Chase Griffen, narrating the Chase family history and leading readers along down her own aging path. It is from this perspective that the audience learns who all of the players are and their connections to the story and to Port Ticonderoga.

By the time Iris dies, readers have experienced, first-hand, how hard it is growing up with wealth and material possessions in a town that has little; how easy it is to lose those possessions; how a human being can become someone else's possession; and how family is all one has.

The sub-novel is told from the woman's point of view but not in first person. She leads readers through seedy parts of town and the seedy parts of...

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