Point Of View In Love Medicine By Louise Erdrich

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Point of view is one of the most important aspects of a novel. It helps the reader understand what is happening in a novel and how different characters react. When a novel uses multiple points of view it gives the reader a chance to view an event from multiple angles. The novel Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich uses multiple points of view to show irony among other things of different events. There are many characters that can be considered the protagonists of the novel as well as the antagonists of novel depending on the situation, point of view, and way the reader interprets it. Some instances include Marie as the protagonist and Lulu as the antagonist, or the other way around. The reader can also look at Lipsha as the protagonist. The same …show more content…
For example, he has no idea who his mother is in the beginning of the novel. The novel states, “I was going to tell him that his mother was June” (39). All Lipsha knew was his mother abandoned him and Grandma Kashpaw took him in. He changes in the end because he finds out who his parents are and makes peace with it thus making him a dynamic character. Also, the book is named after him in a way. He is charged with creating the love medicine for Grandma and Grandpa Kashpaw. The novel states, “... I said to Grandma I’d give this love medicine some thought” (237). He creates the love medicine for them, but the price he pays is Grandpa choking and dying on it. Additionally, he has an antagonist. The novel states, “... I knew the reason he and King never got along” (30). King causes many conflicts for Lipsha thus becoming his antagonist and making Lipsha the …show more content…
Erdrich uses several characters as protagonists and antagonists to help bring about this cultural enlightenment. The characters of Marie and Lulu are both a possible protagonist of the novel while being each other 's antagonist thus bringing irony into the novel. The reader can also look at Lipsha as the protagonist with an argument of June being another protagonist. June can also be seen as an antagonist of the novel along with Nector. All of these potential protagonists and antagonists further show that point of view can drastically change the way the reader views a character and their status in the

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