Arthur C. Clarke Writing Styles in The Star

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Point of View and Narration

"The Star" is a first person narration by an astrophysicist who is also a Jesuit. The narrative unfolds for the reader the emotions of this individual as he tries to comes to terms with the knowledge he has gained on a scientific mission to a distant galaxy— knowledge that has caused him for the first time to question his faith.

Quest and Hubris

The mission described in the story begins as a quest to find the cause of the supernova. It in some respects resembles such classic "quest" narratives as Arthurian legend or the Gilgamesh epic, in which a small-scale or personal quest turns out to have universal significance. The plot follows rather ordinary forms through exposition, rising action, and climax, but then does something unexpected- it does not provide a final resolution. The narrator's own feelings about what he has learned are...

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