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Louis Menand Writing Styles in The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

Louis Menand
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Point of View

The author uses third person narrative to tell the story of each main character. By doing this, the reader can see the influences and experiences that led to the development of each characters theories and beliefs.

Not all of the four main characters can be viewed, or thought of themselves, as pragmatists. Two of the four did not agree with pragmatism, but their beliefs were similar and were based on pragmatic beliefs. The author shows in each section how the four characters interacted with one another and developed their beliefs. Three had been friends for many years. This friendship can be seen and is used by the author to show the strengths and weaknesses of each.

With the use of the third person narrative, it becomes obvious to the reader that without the insight into the interactions, arguments and educational and familial influences pragmatism may never...

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