Alan Garner Writing Styles in The Owl Service

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Point of View

The narrative Point of View of "The Owl Service" by Alan Garner is that of the third person personal, meaning that no one character holds the complete command over the text, and the events are narrated from 'outside' of the characters and referring to their characters as if the reader were a viewer of the entire series of events. Third person personal allows the author to use emotions and motivations, as it refers to the character's in each scene's feelings in a commanding, narrative fashion 'Gwyn felt this' and 'Alison then realized that...' However there lacks a depth of emotion and perspective about each character, and we can assume that this is deliberate on the part of the writer.

The majority of the Point of View centers around Gwyn, and occasionally shifts to Roger and Alison, although Alison remains the character which events happen to...

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