Shi Nai'an Writing Styles in Water Margin

Shi Nai'an
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Point of View

This story is told from the point of view of a third person narrator. It is written almost as if it were a story being told out loud by a storyteller. Along with telling the story of the bandits, the storyteller also occasionally addresses his audience with a comment about the story or its significance. Since this story is written as a historical document telling the stories of the deeds of the Liangshan Marsh bandits, it is fitting that it would be written from the point of view of a third person narrator. It was intended by the author to appear to be a story that had been handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth before finally being preserved by being put into written form.

The story would not have worked as well if it had been written from the viewpoint of one...

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