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Zadie Smith Writing Styles in White Teeth

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Point of View

The point of view of this novel is third person omniscient. The author uses many different characters as her point of view character, shifting often between the many main characters, occasionally several times within a single chapter. Since the point of view is omniscient, the reader is given insight not only into the actions of these chosen point of view characters, but their emotions as well. The author also tells back-stories on these characters that frequently do not have a clear narrating character that the reader is familiar with. The author also offers opinions and commentary on the plot in situations where the commentary is mildly obtrusive.

This point of view has the potential of being confusing due to the constant shifting of narrating characters. However, the author keeps this confusion to a minimum by announcing the narrating character at the beginning of the passage and...

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