As we were reading the excerpt from Green’s Pack My Bag in class today, I found myself curious as to how the novel would be different if it were written in the first person. The reason this thought crossed my mind is because, according to his memoir, Green spent a great deal of his time observing the dynamics between his mother and Poole. He has firsthand experience with many of the novel's topics.
Because the novel is written in third person, we get significantly less of the characters’ interiorities. Surely, this is a device that reflects voyeuristic themes, but I can’t help but ponder as to what a first person perspective would afford – especially a naïve, misunderstanding voice from Green’s childhood – possibly one that is unknowing to or confused by societal norms about class distinction and gender. A voice tainted by privilege, but still touched with childhood innocence. With this in mind, I hope that some our younger characters (i.e. Albert and Albert) provide some similar insight (though our chances with the more affluent Albert seem less promising).
It would also be interesting to get multiple firsthand experiences (a la The Waves), to further contrast what each class's biased perceptions of the other are.