Peter Carey Writing Styles in True History of the Kelly Gang

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Points of View

The point of view shifts a few times in this story. While most of it is first person point of view from that of Ned Kelly, the author uses third person newspaper accounts (marked up by one character or another with sarcastic remarks, corrections, and other comments), and dreams that occasionally read in the third person. This brings a very legend and folk tale feel to the story, even as all the facts are marched out and put on display. Most of this is Ned looking back on his life and writing to his daughter, which also muddles the voice since the narrator is the main character at say, 25 years old, making reference to what was happening when he was 12, and sometimes the two mix so the reader is not even quite sure which Ned's point of view is really looking through.

Despite these occasional shifts...

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