Kevin Powers Writing Styles in The Yellow Birds: A Novel

Kevin Powers
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Point of View

This novel is in the first person point of view. This means that the reader only experiences what the narrator experiences. The narrator may speculate about others' motives, thoughts and feelings, but he only knows for sure the things he directly hears, sees and feels. This is not always a reliable point of view, as the narrator’s personal biases can influence the way the narrator recalls events. The narrator also can leave out important events or add things that didn’t happen in order to influence the reader’s understanding of the story.

This novel mimics a memoir, a soldier's remembrances of his time at war and the effects it had on his life after. In order to thoroughly convey how deeply he felt the things he did, first person was the best choice for the narrative. While the other characters are necessary to...

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