Sunday, May 06, 2007

How Kjell Eriksson portrays character

I mentioned that Kjell Eriksson uses multiple points of view. This helps the reader empathize in turn with a number of characters. Eriksson's characters also empathize with one another. One of his frequent devices is to have a character make a snap judgment -- almost always positive -- about another character based on the sound of that second character's voice. This, I think, reflects the way many of us judge people upon meeting them for the first time. Well, Eriksson's characters may have a more positive outlook that this blogger, but you get the idea.


© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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