Harry Mazer Writing Styles in The Last Mission

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The point of view of the novel is third person omniscient. The point of view character is Jack Raab, a young man who enlists in the Army at fifteen by using his older brother's birth certificate. The author remains with Jack throughout the novel, never moving into the mind of the other characters. The reader is allowed to see Jack's thoughts and emotions, creating an intimacy between the reader and Jack so that when Jack is forced to parachute out of his plane, the reader cares about what might happen to Jack.

The third person point of view works well in this novel because it keeps the story focused on the main character, Jack Raab, and it allows an intimacy between the reader and Jack that is necessary for the plot to achieve its intended impact. By focusing only on Jack, the author is able to...

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