Henry James Writing Styles in The Golden Bowl

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Point of View

This novel is written in the third person point of view. The narrator knows minute details of each character's thought processes and decisions as they work their way through the problems and situations in which they find themselves. Therefore, the narrator is not only omniscient but also reliable in his statements. This reliable and all knowing view point is important since so much of the novel surrounds the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Occasionally, the narrator will deviate from his third person role and write directly to his audience. For instance, in some places he will refer to a character as "our friend" or insert an opinion where he refers to himself in the first person.

This story is told mainly through exposition with the author including much detail about each character's own personal thoughts and motivations. There is limited dialogue where characters actually speak...

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