The One and Only Ivan – Literature – Writing Style

Ivan is a narrator you can trust and you believe everything he tells in his story. He is straightforward and he does not embellish the truth. Being an animal, Ivan doesn’t seem to have anything to hide or any reason to distort the facts as he sees them. His honesty may also result from the fact that he simply describes what he sees rather than attempting to interpret it, which is reflected in his simplistic language. Especially this becomes clear when we look at the way Ivan describes films. In his eyes romance ‘is much hugging and sometimes face licking’ (24) and in Westerns there is always someone who says ‘This town ain’t big enough for the both of us, Sherriff’ and the good guys always win (24).