The book begins with the narrative of High Sheriff Alexander. Through first person narration, the audience learns about his past and his family functioning, but more importantly the audience learns how the Sheriff feels toward the other characters in the story. For instance, when Bobby runs in and tells the Sheriff that Holland has gone missing and that Holland might be dead, the Sheriff replies, “You don 't think we 'd be that lucky, do you?” (Rash 7) The audience can infer that Sheriff Alexander does not like Holland all that well, considering that he see 's it as lucky that Holland could be dead. Although the first person narration is very limited on how much information can be given about other characters when the narration is being done by only one character, the book does a goo...
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...set in South Carolina. The novel is written in first person for different reasons. These reasons are, but not limited to, witnessing character progression through the mind of the character, allowing the audience to be close to the characters, and feeling what the character feels and also allowing the audience to build and all around close relationship with all of the characters who give a narration in the story. First person narration was chosen specifically for these reasons because it allows the audience to be in the story and observe things that can only be observed by being in the minds of the individuals. The individuals can say and express things that they want and would not be given the opportunity in the other points of view. The author did a great job in choosing this point of view for this story and it fit quite well with the scenario that he placed them in.
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