Philipp Meyer Writing Styles in The Son

Philipp Meyer
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Point of View

The story of the McCullough family is told in two different points of view, the first person point of view and the third person point of view. Two of the characters, Eli McCullough and Peter McCullough, narrate their own chapters in the novel. Jeanne, the third main character, has her story told in the third person point of view. Ulises Garcia, a minor character, additionally has a few chapters that are told from the third person point of view from Ulises’ perspective. As the chapters that tell Eli’s story are taken from a WPA recording in which Eli talked about his life, it makes sense these recordings would be dictated in the first person point of view. As Peter writes his own story in his journal, it follows he would write in the first person point of view.

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