Point Of View In Patricia Highsmith And Anthony Minghella

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Patricia Highsmith and Anthony Minghella sought to tell this story in two differing perspectives. While Highsmith writes the novel from a third person omniscient point of view, director crafts the movie from a first person point of view. In the novel, Highsmith writes “Tom noticed that Mrs. Greenleaf was staring down at the rug in front of her. He remembered the moment” (15). From this quote, the reader can observe that the prose employs the characteristic of third person omniscient. For one, there are words from an outsider’s perspective, such as “Tom noticed” and “he remembered”. Another key element of an omniscient point of view is being able to tap into the character’s thoughts. In this quote, we are placed inside of Tom’s brain when he
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