Essay about Analysis Of The Book ' The Feast Of Love ' By Charles Baxter

931 Words Dec 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The narrative voice is the perspective of a novel, and it is through this voice that the reader receives and becomes connected to the story. This voice can appear in a variety of ways; for example, one common perspective is first person point of view, through which the narrator speaks directly to the reader by using personal pronouns such as ‘I.’ By creating a character that speaks directly to the reader, they become personally tied to what the narrator is telling them. In this way the reader must come to rely on what the character divulges to them, similar to the way a person might need to when talking to another person. The Feast of Love, by Charles Baxter, takes this common perspective and twists it in a unique and influential way. Baxter adapts the first person point of view his own way by creating a character named after himself, who collects other peoples’ stories and compiles them into the book. Therefore, he creates the illusion that The Feast of Love could very easily be based on true stories he actually collected himself, although it is clearly fictional. However, his own author character does not overwhelm the narrative, rather there are very many moments where the main narrative voice drops out and allows other characters to take on the first person perspective and tell their own part of the story. These two elements allow Baxter to create a sense of realism and connection to the reader that allow his storylines to impact the reader in ways that would otherwise…

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