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nneka123 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM via web

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Narrative Style - How does it vary throughout the book?

How does the narrative point of view which shifts from the perspective of the Clutter family, citizens and investigators from Holcomb, to the perspectives of Richard and Perry vary stylistically?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM (Answer #2)

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One of the biggest shifts in tone and style comes when Perry's letters are included in the text. This happens a number of times in the book as Perry's letters from his sister and from his former friend in prison are included in their entirety. 

These letters have quite a different voice from the narration of the rest of the novel as defined by syntax (sentence structure and type) and diction (word choice). 

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