L. Frank Baum Writing Styles in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Point of View

The story is written in third person from an omniscient perspective. An interesting aspect of the style is that the author sometimes addresses the reader directly. For example, Chapter 14 begins with the words “You will remember.” The author is reminding the reader of an important piece of information presented earlier in the story. Even earlier in the book, in Chapter 3, the author addresses the reader with a note about Dorothy’s attitude. In that reference, the author writes that “Dorothy did not feel nearly so bad as you might think a little girl would …” There are several additional references of this type. While they might seem somewhat out of place, they are generally used to point out a key piece of information, and these do not detract from the overall story. The majority of the story focuses on Dorothy’s actions, but the story is...

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