Susan Beth Pfeffer Writing Styles in The Dead and the Gone

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The point of view in the novel is that of third person. The novel does, however, focus solely on Alex Morales and thus reports only events which occur to and around him. This point of view is reliable as shown by the fact that the narrator knows Alex's spoken as well as unspoken thoughts, emotions, fears, and those of other characters. This point of view is vital to the novel, since so much of the novel happens without dialog, as Alex is forced to think and contemplate about his situation, and his faith. One of the most important themes in the novel is faith, and the power of the family, and these themes would not be as clear without a third person perspective. Further, the overall development of the three Morales children would not be as dramatic without a third person perspective.

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