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Henry Miller Writing Styles in Tropic of Cancer

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Points of View

Henry writes his point of view exclusively. He occasionally wonders how others see the world, but this represents his speculations as the primary observer. He also brings the reader deep into his consciousness with the use of surrealistic impressions of his experiences, whether only in his mind or somehow connected to reality. The first person point of view by necessity limits the reader's comprehension of objective reality in favor of the narrator's subjective impressions, and this book being about its author's experiences while writing augments subjectivity over objectivity. However, the point of view is not that of an autobiography in which the writer strives to present the events and involved people in a strictly historical light that involves extensive allowances for subjectivity. Henry writes unabashedly about nearly everything and makes no apology to the reader.

The author's state of mind at the particular time colors each...

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