Analysis Of Adam Sexton's Angels

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In the second chapter of Angles, the third person point of view focuses partly on Bill. This change is surprising and readers have to adjust quickly for the plot moves just as fast as it did when the point of view was focused entirely on Jamie. As do Johnson’s sentences that combine action and Bill’s interiority. Before examining the character fully in chapter two, there is something to be said about well-written primary characters, such as those in Johnson’s first novel. For example, in Adam Sexton’s craft book titled Master Class in Fiction Writing: Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats, there is a helpful chapter on characterization. The chapter covers the levels of characters, crisis and characters, and more, all of which…show more content…
Keeping Sexton’s introduction in mind is helpful when examining and studying how the novel, after chapter one, brings more characters into focus, giving us similar glimpses into their thoughts and feelings. It is hard sometimes to distinguish just who the primary characters in the novel are since the third person point of view, after chapter one, offers a little bit from everyone. It is safe to say that Bill becomes a primary character, though, and we come to care about him like we do Jamie. The way Johnson does this is the same as the first chapter. See on page 41 after Bill has robbed a hardware store by holding a gun to the clerk 's head and making him empty the cash register. The act is heinous and all the while, readers are not told how Bill feels or why he even felt the need to execute the action besides the simple fact that he doesn 't have much money (it does not appear before this that Bill would go to these lengths.) The scene is like most well crafted suspenseful scenes: the sentences are urgent, the dialogue a primary addition to the anxiety and suspense. At the end of the scene, finally, we are allowed into Bill’s interior. It is done in a way we are now used to–placed between an action– his feelings in motion like the rest of himself. The end of the scene reads: “He sat while his heart slowed down, moving where the train moved, listening to it talk, to the tracks,

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