What is the effect of the dual narration in Remarkable Creatures?

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The dual narration in Remarkable Creatures between Elizabeth Philpot and Mary Anning gives the reader multiple perspectives that transcend age and social status. The narrators form a friendship over their mutual fascination with and passion for fossil-hunting, and each narrator gives the story a unique view of the circumstances they represent. Elizabeth is an older woman, refined and unmarried, discovering her passion for fossils after moving to Lyme Regis, while Mary is the daughter of a poor widow, discovering and selling fossils to keep her family afloat. Using both Elizabeth and Mary as narrators gives readers a dual perspective from women during the Regency era and highlights the struggle of women in general in their society. Despite their differences, both women face extreme difficulty in receiving recognition or respect for their accomplishments in a male-dominated field. The dual narration of these events shows that regardless of their differing age or social status, their friendship and womanhood still affects them equally in society.

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