Diana Wynne Jones Writing Styles in The Merlin Conspiracy

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Point of View

The point of view in "The Merlin Conspiracy" alternates between two characters in the first person: Roddy and Nick. This not only provides two perspectives on some of the same events, such as when Roddy summons Nick in the forest, but also supports the theme of balance that the book promotes in nearly every plot line. Roddy and Nick balance each other in important ways, as she is more impetuous and powerful, while he has a cooler head on his shoulders but is equally clever. They are reliable narrators, as can be seen by their reinforcement of the others' accounts of the situation. The fact that many other characters do not believe either of them is particularly important, as they believe each other and so convince the reader.

Structurally, the point of views become increasingly interwoven as the book continues, which also makes the narratives more...

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