William S. Burroughs Writing Styles in The Ticket That Exploded

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is constantly shifting from first person to third person to third-person omniscient with a conversational tone directed at the reader. The point of view can hardly be characterized as reliable, as it is extraordinarily difficult to determine what is happening, and indeed doesn't make sense throughout most of the novel to say that something is, in fact "happening" at all. However, the point of view presented in this novel is critical in many ways, far more so than elements like characters and plot, since it is developed by the cut-up method and demonstrates the main ideas as explored by the author. This allows the message of the novel itself to play a huge role in its own construction, and winds up having significant value all throughout the book.

The book contains mostly random-seeming phrases and sentences, generally connected together...

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