Lesley Nneka Arimah Writing Styles in What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky

Lesley Nneka Arimah
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Point of View

Throughout the short story collection, Arimah utilizes a wide variety of different narrative perspective, often switching perspectives completely from story to story. The following stories were written in first person, with the narrating character being a girl or woman who is a major character in the story in each example: "War Stories," "Wild," "Second Chances," and "Redemption." In both "War Stories" and "Redemption," the narrating character remains unnamed. By eliminating some of the personal specifics of a certain character, such as a name, the more universal aspects of a character, like their thoughts and emotions, may become more accessible to the reader.

The following short stories are told in third person: "The Future Looks Good," "Light," "Who Will Greet You At Home," "Buchi's Girls," "What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky," and "Glory." In each instance, the narration is told with a...

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