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The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
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Sep 20, 2011

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Lemony Snicket writes in third person point of view as a writer, describing the unfortunate happens of three orphan children. This P.O.V. provides for an interesting narrative in the sense that the diction is of higher, more refined quality using phrases like cinematic entertainment” and “In which.” Snicket’s narration allows for the narrator to actually be one of the characters and express his views and opinions in an upfront manner. Snicket does not intend to make the book optimistic, but instead uses his pessimism to intrigue the reader. The images of the poem are also harsh with things like sharp knives and poisonous snakes. Snicket also does extremely well in creating a villain and making the reader feel for the main characters. Overall Snicket creates a distinct individual plot in which there is a recurring pattern of the children being in perilous situations, where adults are oblivious to the depravity.

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