Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Writing Styles in The Yearling

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Point of View

The story is related to us by an omniscient third-person narrator who is capable of knowing the inner thoughts and emotions of the characters. The focus of the narrator's observation, though, is Jody. Although we are allowed to know what various other characters are doing, it is mostly through Jody's perceptions that their motives and emotions are understood. That is to say, while Jody is not telling the story from his own point of view, the actions and reactions of Penny, Ora, Grandma and others that are relayed to the reader tend to be related through Jody and his fawn. The narrator is objective and reliable, offering a fairly realistic view of believable people who might very well have lived in northeast Florida in the mid-nineteenth century.

Setting

The Yearling is accurately set in northeast Florida in the early 1870's. Although Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was not...

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