What style of narration was used in the story "The Lost Beautifulness" by Anzia Yezierska?

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One part of the narrative style used in writing is the point of view. In Anzia Yezierska's short story "The Lost Beautifulness," the story is told from the third person point of view, omniscient.

Another aspect of the narrative style is the "voice" adopted by the writer. This style of voice can be seen initially in the story's title. We would probably write, the loss of beauty, but "beautifulness" is part of the broken English the main character, Hanneh, uses as she speak.

Adopting this kind of voice brings the reading audience into Hanneh's world, a place that seems more realistic in that it is told with Hanneh's words, and with her voice.

This helps develop another important component of the narrative style: strong characterization. Hanneh is a forceful, fully developed character who is passionate about everything, including the love she has for her son, her appreciation for beautiful things in a life that holds little beauty for her, and for the concept of democracy, which she has learned about from Mrs. Preston.

This form of narrative style develops the plot with the use of clearly presented exposition, rising action, a climax, falling action, and resolution. It contains all the basic elements of short fiction, including things such as conflict and setting, among other elements, some of which are listed above.

The narrative style used here is the "fiction-writing mode." In this mode, the author "recounts" events that are fictitious but often sound very real. The story speaks to the author's audience, imparting ideas and themes which he/she feels compelled to share.

The story "The Lost Beautifulness" has a strong message, but its structural integrity comes from the author's ability to successfully and adroitly implement the elements of the narrative style.