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KELLEY'S STYLE The novel is told almost wholly from the viewpoint of the white people in the town. The black characters are never used as narrators, and the few instances in which they do speak are re-told by either a white narrative voice or by an omniscient narrator. This technique is surprising in view of the fact that the major action of the novel is initiated and carried out by the black characters. The use of this technique highlights, again and again, the naiveté and blindness of the whites in regard to the blacks, with whom they have lived all their lives.
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