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Sometimes it is necessary to have an omniscient narrator someone who can read the minds of the other characters and explain to the reader exactly what is happening Other times a narrator does not always know what is going on This is more engaging for the reader allowing us to sort of play along as we discover the details with the narrator Aferall who wants horror that is predictable Wieland a novel by Charles Brockden Brown is a shining example of unpredictable horror Brown pulls off his story beautifully- reminding us how right Mark Twain was when he said that the most important part of a novel is the narrator Brown uses Clara as a first person narrator one who does not fully understand the state of affairs surrounding her- an extremely intriguing factor to us as readers While Clara may give an inaccurate account of the details of the story allowing the reader to view events through her eyes gives an added sense of terror Instead of merely plodding through an account of events the reader is taken with Clara on a roller coaster ride of emotions As Claras opinions and views change so do the readers As an author Brown intertwines his feminist views into his work The reader becomes captivated with Claras poweress- her unending search for her belief in her self Clara is more than a character more than a narrator but a woman of strength even in times of great trauma Browns attention to detail in defining Claras character is tremendous His assurance in her as the narrator says a lot for his feminist views This story could not be told any better by any of the characters Neither Carawin nor Wieland himself could have done a better job Brown assures the reader that the most grounded character in the novel is Clara- the strong female in the novel As readers we end up trusting her and feeling emotions with
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