Heinrich von Kleist Writing Styles in The Marquise of O, and Other Stories

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Point of View

The point of view of all three short stories is the third person omniscient. The stories are told from no certain character's point of view but instead from an outside narrator. Use of this point of view allows the reader to have a glimpse into the thoughts and emotions of each character and does not limit the story to one point of view.

These stories are told most through exposition with only smatterings of dialogue here and there. This use of exposition helps the reader to concentrate on the action of each story rather then the characters' relationships with each other.

Setting

Each of the three short stories in this book has its own unique setting. The story the Marquise of O- is set somewhere in Italy. Because von Kleist bases this story on a true incident, he does not include the names of locations. He...

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