Susan Cooper Writing Styles in The Dark Is Rising

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is a limited third-person omniscient, focusing on the main character, Will Stanton. The narrator is a transparent storyteller. This storyteller has access to some of Will's thoughts and feelings. However, the other characters only show their thoughts through their dialog, and they only show their feelings through their actions. For example, when Will meets the Walker to get the second Sign, he realizes that the Walker is frightened and does not trust anyone. The storyteller provides these insights into Will's mind, which helps build the drama between Will and The Walker. However, most of the drama occurs with dialog. In this scene, Will tries to convince the Walker to give him the Sign, guessing what he does about how the Walker feels. The dialog exchange between the two characters provides the dramatic tension until Will commands the Walker to...

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