Clemmons, Zinzi Writing Styles in What We Lose

Clemmons, Zinzi
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Point of View

The novel is primarily presented through the first-person point of view, with Thandi as the primary source of narrative for the reader. The narration is mostly in the past tense. The reliance on a primary voice allows the reader into the emotional depths of the singular character, in this case Thandi. Through the voice of Thandi, the reader is exposed to a subjective experience, one that is acknowledged as almost impossible to convey. Experiences such as losing a parent to cancer, pregnancy, and marital difficulties are given nuances through the individual experience of Thandi, as opposed to a distant point of view. At the cost of creating a multidimensional character in Thandi, the first-person point of view eliminates the other characters from the equation, as the reader has to rely on Thandi to provide a sense of their person. While the reader has access to...

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