Edward Abbey Writing Styles in The Monkey Wrench Gang

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Point of View

The author uses a third person narrative throughout the entire novel. This point of view is necessary, in that it allows the author to fully explore the thoughts and characteristics of all characters equally, from both a character standpoint as well as from the view of the other characters. It also provides a seemingly reliable and consistent viewpoint with which to explain the emotions and events within the novel. The important relationships that develop throughout the story would be impossible to discern if not for this third person view.

The story is told by alternating between descriptions of the landscape, dialog between characters, and a narrative of events. This method allows the reader to follow the events carefully, and includes the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Additionally, the author allows the reader to visualize, in graphic detail, the landscape these characters are so passionate about...

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