Mary Stewart Writing Styles in The Wicked Day

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Point of View

The author primarily presents the point of view from that of Mordred, the main character. It is told in third person narrative, with most of the action happening within Mordred's view and hearing. At times, the thoughts of Morgause enter into the description, but it is limited to her reactions when speaking to Mordred; as the story progresses, Morgause is more distant and assumes the role of just another character in Mordred's life.

By presenting this man, Mordred, who is traditionally the arch villain of any story concerning Arthur, as a man who deserves consideration and sympathy for his story, the author has to substantiate this premise with a series of misunderstandings, confusion and mistakes by others regarding the reputation and actions of Mordred. By keeping the story focused on this man and his reactions to the prophecy, the author is able to make the reader...

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