Karen Tei Yamashita Writing Styles in Tropic of Orange: A Novel

Karen Tei Yamashita
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Point of View

The point of view in the novel Tropic of Orange comes from the perspectives of seven different characters. There may even be as many as seven different narrators. The narration of one character comes in the first person while that of the other six comes as third person. It is uncertain how many third-person narrators there are, but it is probable that there is a minimum of two and likely several more. The narrators that present the perspectives of Bobby and Buzzworm demonstrate some similarities such as incomplete sentences, but there are distinct differences in the two, such as Mexican slang in the case of narration from Bobby's perspective. The narration from the perspectives of Emi and Rafaela display similarities in style, but they are often different in tone. Manzanar and Arcangel's narratives are similar in that they are both more philosophical, but Arcangel's includes poetry...

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