Patrick O'Brian Writing Styles in The Letter of Marque

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The novel is told from the third-person, limited, point of view. The narrator is reliable, entirely effaced, and unnamed. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the main characters, are the protagonists and central figures in all the scenes in the novel. The narrator divulges some internal thoughts of the two protagonists, but not of other characters. The majority of the story is told through action and dialogue; revealed thoughts are infrequent and are used for characterization rather than plot development. Occasional personal letters allow for some first-person introspection without destroying the cadence of the overall narrative structure.

The third-person point of view allows Aubrey and Maturin to be presented in a highly-sympathetic manner. For example, the narrative structure portrays Maturin's penurious manners as silly and frugal rather than stingy. The narrative also allows portrayal of characters' life situations as difficult but not pathetic. In this way, the...

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