Muriel Barbery Writing Styles in The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery
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Point of View

The point of view of this novel is the first person. There are two narrators in this novel. The first narrator is Renee Michel, the concierge at number 7, rue de Grenelle. Renee is a highly intelligent woman who masks her intelligence from her tenants out of fear of losing her job if she does not fit the stereotype she thinks her tenants expect. The other narrator of this novel is Paloma Josse, a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Renee's building. Paloma is contemplating suicide because she feels ignored and as though there is little purpose to life.

The points of view of this novel work well with the novel because the story is written in diary form as though both the main characters are writing their story down on paper for a reader to find one day. The point of view offers an intimate connection between...

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