Revelations in Poe’s "The Fall of the House of Usher" and James’s "The Pupil" Point of view and prose style are essential to the narrative voice of any story. The use of the first-person narrative point of view, wherein the narrator is a character in the story, compels the reader to identify with the narrator. True, the narrator both gives and withholds information and therefore may be considered not entirely “reliable”, yet the force of identification is, for the reader (or at least most readers), so enticing as to all but erase any element of mistrust. Also, the use of “I” by the author creates a strong impression that he, the author, is revealing personal information; he is our guide, and his fears, obsessions, doubts, and so on become...The end:
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