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Tobias Wolff Writing Styles in This Boy's Life

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Perspective

The novel is written in first person. The author is very forth coming and introspective. It's clear by the way he writes that he has had time to review the situations he's writing about. He evaluates each situation as an outsider, rather than someone who's lived through the experience. This prevents too much emotion from flooding the text. This allows the author to be very honest about himself. He understand his weakness and his naivety the way an adult would. It is important that the author can write honestly because it helps him track his growth as a person.

The author generally writes in short sentences, using the minimum amount of words to convey his point. This forces the reader to pay attention when he makes a point. This technique helps the reader really understand what's going on. The reader is not forced to read between the lines...

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