Patrick O'Brian Writing Styles in The Nutmeg of Consolation

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Point of View

The novel is told from the third-person, limited, point of view. The narrator is reliable, entirely effaced, and unnamed. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, the main characters, are the protagonists and central figures in all of the scenes in the novel. The narrator divulges some internal thoughts of the two protagonists but usually not of other characters. The majority of the story is told through action and dialogue; revealed thoughts are infrequent and are used for characterization rather than plot development. Occasional personal reflections allow for some first-person introspection without destroying the cadence of the overall narrative structure. Occasionally a character will write a personal letter home which allows a form of lengthy monologue without disrupting the natural flow of the novel.

The third-person point of view allows Aubrey and Maturin to be presented in a highly-sympathetic manner. For example, the narrative structure portrays Maturin's internal...

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