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bcdpht17 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 26, 2007 at 10:46 AM via web

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What narrative point of view would best apply to John Irvings The World According to Garp ?

If possible why you think the author could have used this narrative point of view.  I think he used third person limited but not wuite sure.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 26, 2007 at 11:04 AM (Answer #1)

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I would say that it is third person limited (the narrator only knowing the thoughts and feelings of a single character, in this case, TS Garp.)

However, Irving complicates matters by toggling between two third person limited points of view:  that of Garp, ("Garp found that he could forget her; lust, as his mother called it, was tricky that way")  and that of his "official biographer"  ("In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.")

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