Writing Styles in The Gravity of Birds

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Point of View

There are three different point of view characters in the novel: Alice, Stephen, and Finch. All are told from the third person perspective, and jump back and forth in time. What is perhaps most significant in this narrative are the characters who don't have point of view chapters, specifically Thomas and Natalie. While arguably most of the mystery of the novel would be given away if these two got to tell the story from their perspectives since they are the two characters who have the most secrets, not allowing them to speak for themselves can also be read as a conscious choice to keep the characters as an enigma. Natalie and Thomas never have to answer for their "crimes," and the reader can only guess at their intentions and motivations, particularly since they are both dead before the end of the novel.

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