Patrick O'Brian Writing Styles in The Fortune of War

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Point of View

The novel is told from the third-person, limited, point of view. The narrator is reliable, entirely effaced, and unnamed. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the main characters, are the protagonists and central figures in all of the scenes in the novel—with Maturin being predominant in scenes set on land and Aubrey being predominant in scenes set on water. The narrator divulges some internal thoughts of the two protagonists, but not of other characters. The majority of the story is told through action and dialogue; revealed thoughts are very infrequent and are used for characterization rather than plot development.

The third-person point of view allows Aubrey and Maturin to be presented in a highly sympathetic manner. For example, the narrative structure portrays Maturin's offer of marriage as genuinely selfless rather than self-serving. The narrative also allows portrayal of characters' life situations as difficult but not...

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