Lorrie Moore Writing Styles in Willing

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Point of View

The story’s narration is written in the past tense and in the limited third person, focalized through Sidra’s perspective. The reader is given access to Sidra’s interiority, experiences, thoughts, emotions, and observations, but the interiorities of other characters must be interpreted strictly through their actions as observed by Sidra. The one apparent exception to this rule is on page 15, when the narrative very briefly shifts to Walt’s perspective; this short passage reveals that Walt has begun to feel that Sidra does not truly respect him. The story’s focus on Sidra’s perspective emphasizes the salience of Sidra’s hopes and frustrations. It also helps simulate, for the reader, Sidra’s disillusionment with Walt after learning that Walt has not been sexually faithful to her.

Although the story focuses on Sidra’s perspective and interiority, the narrative derives much drama and...

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