How do the characters' points-of-view affect the overall narration in A Long Walk to Water?

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In A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park makes a very intentional narrative choice by alternating between two different characters living separate (though related) lives.

By alternating between Salva and Nya, Park is able to provide deeper insight into both war and lack of resources in South Sudan....

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In A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park makes a very intentional narrative choice by alternating between two different characters living separate (though related) lives.

By alternating between Salva and Nya, Park is able to provide deeper insight into both war and lack of resources in South Sudan. Including Nya, an entirely fictional character, also allows Park to include more details that both mirror and diverge from Salva's experience. Through the paired stories, the reader gains insight into the female experience and the post-1980s conflict. If Park had only told the story from the point of view of a semi-fictionalized Salva, she could not have achieved this depth.

Park also includes incredible suspense—nearly every chapter ends in a cliffhanger that readers must wait another Nya/Salva chapter switch to resolve. This increases the interest and drama of the novel, which keeps the reader hooked!

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