RARA-AVIS: first person

Frederick Zackel (fzackel@bgnet.bgsu.edu)
Wed, 28 Jan 1998 10:44:44 -0500 (EST) First person does take you inside the detective's head; it also limits
when the reader can see. Which creates all sort of artifical scenarios.
The detective at times seems more like a gymnast as he discovers what has
been kept secret. Those gymnastics make parodies easy. If you get a
chance to read Hammett's The Thin Man, see what the Master does with first
person. The reader doesn't see everything in the detective's mind.
Hammett uses a limited first person and is very successful at it.

frederick zackel

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