Ann Radcliffe Writing Styles in The Italian, or, the Confessional of the Black Penitents

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Point of View

The point of view of this novel is third person. This point of view is omniscient and mostly reliable, proven by the fact that the narrator knows the thoughts and emotions of the characters, as well as their actions. The questionable reliability results from the narrator reporting characters' suspicions at any given time, which can be confusing when the characters change their opinions. This point of view is important since the plot is focused on Vivaldi and Ellena's relationship, the attempts to separate them and the anguish they experience in their fight to be together. The point of view allows the reader to understand their doubts and love for each other as well as the motivations of each of the characters.

There is a fairly equal distribution of exposition and dialogue, which allows the reader to visualize the scene as well as comprehend the relationships between...

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