Ayana Mathis Writing Styles in The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis
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Point of View

The point of view changes from chapter to chapter since each chapter follows the story of a different character. The first chapter is third person limited, following Hattie’s thoughts. This is important since the reader needs to feel empathy for Hattie and understand why she becomes the person she However, because it is not first person, the reader also gets insight into things that Hattie might not be aware of. One example of this is when the reader learns the intention of the neighbor who refuses to let Hattie be alone in watching her children die.

The second chapter follows Floyd in third person limited. The reader is privy to Floyd’s shifting feelings of denial, joy, fear, and shame. At the same time, the reader is also able to see Floyd’s physical demeanor from a distance. For example, “Floyd frowned down at...

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