Writing Styles in The Music of Chance

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Point of View

The novel is written in the third person, but the narration is strictly limited to Nashe’s perspective throughout the novel. In other words, the narration never relates information to the reader if Nashe is not aware of it. The narration relates Nashe’s thoughts and actions, as well as other characters' actions that Nashe witnesses. This narrative choice serves to maintain ambiguity in various aspects of the narration, such as Murks deeds and intentions, which though heavily implied, are never directly explicated. The narrative also uses this method of implication in order to indirectly reveal ideas about the motivations of Stone and Flower, who are not physically present for much of the novel but whose malevolence is indirectly gleaned by both Nashe and the reader.

Despite the fact that the narration is limited to Nashe’s perspective, the overall narrative still demonstrates and interrogates...

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