Alice Hoffman Writing Styles in The Rules of Magic

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Point of View

The entirety of the novel is told from a third-person limited-omniscience point of view. The focus of the narration and the omniscience remains on the three Owens siblings until the final section of the novel. The most frequent character whose thoughts to whom the reader is privy is Franny, followed by Vincent. The narration rarely focuses on Jet’s point of view, only in relation to Levi Willard or actions she takes due to his death. The final section of the novel gives the reader access to the perspective of the sibling’s oldest grand-niece, Sally, as she copes with her parents’ deaths. The switches in perspectives are not restricted to separate chapters, instead the perspectives shift between the siblings several times within each section, with the exception of the last one.

Though the narration is entirely in the third-person, the author creates the impression...

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