Jacquelyn Mitchard Writing Styles in The Deep End of the Ocean

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Point of View

The author holds an omnipotent view of the story and the characters, offering insights into the thoughts, minds and actions through dialogue and narrative. Mitchard tells this story in third person and looks into the feelings and thoughts of her characters carefully. Much is revealed through narrating the inner thoughts of the characters. Since this story is an emotional journey for the reader, telling it without those insigts would not be as effective. Primarily told through exposition, the story is focused on two main characters, Vincent and Beth Cappadora, neither of whom is the actual kidnap victim. In addition, we learn about their characters through the exposition of other characters, such as knowing that the neighbor has to paint Vincent's face for Halloween because his mother totally neglects to get him prepared for the holiday. We learn that Kerry's hair is almost never brushed, and she...

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