Essay on EYES OF THE DRAGON STUDY NOTES

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Eyes of the Dragon Notes
TECHNIQUES
-King's handling of point of view is distinctive in this novel. The story is told by a colloquial, first person narrator who tells the story from a thirdperson, omniscient perspective: that of the storyteller.

-This storyteller takes pains to distinguish his role from that of the historian; he gives personal asides, alludes to certain "familiar" events in the future, and encourages the reader to notice Flagg's evil, Thomas' deception and ultimate courage, and Peter's goodness.

- The narrator's storytelling technique engages the reader by means of open-ended chapters and leading questions, much in the manner of an oral presentation.

-The storyteller also challenges his audience to either
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Rather than being a character in the story, the setting simply enhances the overall feel of the book, providing a backdrop but allowing the characters to drive the story. The setting works due to these reasons.

LANGUAGE AND MEANING

Despite being a novel set in a medieval type setting, the language in this novel is simple English
-Stephen King does not attempt to write his dialogue in Old English, nor does he attempt to sanctify the story with large words and formal speech.

-King does use unfamiliar words throughout the novel, such as goshawk in order to describe the rank of an officer in the royal guard.
-These words add to the foreign feel of the novel, suggesting to the reader, as the authorial voice also suggests, that the setting is not in the past but that Delain exists in a world altogether different from earth.

-Language in this novel is simple, making it a novel that is easy to read for readers of all ages.

-The language also enhances the story, especially with the use of unusual words that add to the overall feel of the book, although leaving the reader with unanswered questions at the end of the novel as to where the novel takes place and what will happen next.

STRUCTURE

-The Eyes of the Dragon is written in many, short chapters, many of these chapters consisting of as little as a paragraph.

- There are one hundred and forty-two chapters in the novel, even though it consists of less than four hundred pages.

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