Jane Hamilton Writing Styles in The Book of Ruth

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Point of View

The novel is written in the first person point of view in the voice of Ruth Dahl, a young farm girl who has recently suffered a terrible tragedy. Ruth is looking back on her life, telling the reader everything from her life that she feels led to this tragedy. The format of the novel is a cross between a diary and an intimate conversation between good friends. Ruth's story is dark and tragic, filled with a tone of sadness that is present at the beginning and continues on, growing even sadder, as the plot develops.

The point of view of this novel is unique in that it is more of a cross between the first person and a more omniscient point of view with a clear authorial voice. The point of view of this novel is perfect for this novel because it becomes a tool that...

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