Mary Gaitskill Writing Styles in The Mare

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Point of View

This story is told from the points of view of several first person narrators. Velvet and Ginger are the main narrators but Paul and Silvia also narrate in some places. Beverly and Dante are characters who are given one section each in which they narrate from their own point of view.

These differing points of view give the reader the opportunity to understand the story from each character’s perspective. It is understood why Ginger hopes to make a difference in Velvet’s life and why she is so attracted to Velvet in particular. It allows the reader to see the differences in Velvet’s life at Ginger’s house, life at her own home, and her experiences in school. The reader also knows from a firsthand point of view that Silvia is abusing her daughter; Velvet is not lying about that abuse as some...

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