Sarah Perry Writing Styles in The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry
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Point of View

The novel is written in third person with an omniscient narrator that, for the most part takes an unbiased approach in describing each character. At the beginning of each new season or month which the novel is divided by, the narrator gives the reader a bird's eye view insight of the current condition of each major character in the novel up to that point, wherever they may be spatially and regardless of how far they are from one another. At times, this intimate moment the reader has with the character when the character does not know that they are being watched by the narrator, seems almost intrusive to the character's privacy. In this way, the reader, because of the narrator becomes almost synonymous with the serpent who is always watching.

One such example of this intrusion, is when the beginning of June starts and all...

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