E. Annie Proulx Writing Styles in The Shipping News

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Points of View

The author chose to tell the story in third person omniscient point of view. It is the author's voice telling the story and the telling the reader the thoughts and feelings of the characters rather than hearing it from the characters themselves. The benefit to using the third person point of view is that in a story like this one with numerous characters and story lines, the story told in third person is easier to follow and easier for the author to change scenes without loosing the reader. Third person also allows the author to let the reader see things in the story that the characters cannot see. For example, near the end of the story when the green house blows into the sea during a severe storm, the author lets the reader see it happen, however, the characters in the book do not find out...

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