Nancy Farmer Writing Styles in The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer
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Point of View

The point of view of this novel is third person and limited, proven by the fact that the narrator mainly reports upon Matt's thoughts and feelings while only knowing the thoughts and feelings of other characters occasionally and vaguely. The third-person narrator writes from a point of view which is reliable as far as reporting what Matt knows, but since Matt's knowledge is limited, the narrative can be unreliable at times. This can be seen when Matt's beliefs are proven wrong, such as when Matt believes that El Patron would not have educated him if he had been created for use as spare parts, but El Patron admits his intentions when his heart attack at Steven and Emilia's wedding makes a heart transplant a necessity. The point of view used in this novel is important because it allows the narrative to focus on Matt's experiences as...

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