Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled and Marxism

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 07 Sep 2006

In the exclusive context of closed narratives, the worldviews presented are those of the point-of-view characters. Otherwise, they're not point-of-view characters. If a reader sees beyond the sensory experiences/opinions, etc., of the closed narrator, then the reader is interpreting. Which is part of the fun of reading, of course. However, I'd suggest that reader's interpretations are not pertinent to the original question, which specifically addressed the author's worldview ('can you think of many authors whose worldviews are inconsistent throughout their output?').

If we're talking omniscient narrators, then that's a whole different ball game.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison
  Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 12:38 AM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled and Marxism

  Allan Guthrie wrote:

  Neither do I. A "single point of view' could be second
  or third person, just so long as it's limited to the
  narrator's knowledge.

  The ideas presented by a book are capable of going
  beyond the point of view of all of the characters.


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