Richard Matheson Writing Styles in What Dreams May Come: A Novel

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What Dreams May Come is told in the first person perspective of the protagonist with the exception of the introduction and epilogue which are told in first person of the protagonist's brother, Robert. First person perspective gives an immediacy to the story, allowing the reader to step into Chris's shoes and experience the unearthly life of the after life. Chris has the greatest amazement for all the events. His beliefs of the afterlife are really not known to the reader, but the fact that he has arrived in Summerland suggests that he had some belief in the afterlife. His continuous descriptions and expressions of marvel suggest that his expectations of the afterlife are far different from what he is experiencing. The reader sees how Chris rejects certain realities of Summerland, specifically because of his need to find out how Ann is doing. By viewing the three...

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