Writing Styles in The Plover

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Point of View

“The Plover” by Brian Doyle is written in a stream of consciousness language that alternates between first person and third person points of view. The two often intermix with one another. The majority of the first person narrative sections are told by Declan himself, while the smaller portion of the first person narrative sections are told by Pipa. Because the adventure is mostly Declan’s, and because Declan does not speak freely about his thoughts and feelings with others, the first-person narrative relating to Declan gives readers an intimate look at how he operates. Pipa's first-person sections are important because they allow readers a close look at her thoughts and feelings at first because she physically cannot verbalize such things and later because she is telling her students about her life as a child. The third person narrative sections of the novel allow the author...

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