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Rachel Seiffert Writing Styles in The Dark Room

Rachel Seiffert
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Point of View

These three stories are told from a third person point of view, in the present tense. The narration flows as though from someone intimately involved in each of the three stories, allowing the characters to think, speak, and act naturally throughout the story. With such a difficult and complex issue to discuss, one would expect a sentimental narrative style, but the author avoids this and instead uses factual information and the honest thoughts of the characters to convey a deeper meaning.

This third person point of view is not only necessary for the storyline, but is also essential to truly develop three completely different sets of characters in completely different periods. The inner thoughts of each character are vital to understanding the complex range of emotions brought about by World War II, and are only possible through third-person narration. Further, the third person narrative allows the...

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