Surfacing can be divided into three main sections. Provide a critical summary of all three.

The narrative of Surfacing has been divided into three parts and each part delineates the narrator’s search for her father and for her own real self. The novel, dramatically, has a balanced structure in its tripartite division.


Part I consists of the characters and the physical background and sets in motion the groundwork for the action of the novel. The problem of the disappearance of the narrator’s father causes a rising action as the she searches for clues, which could lead to his whereabouts.

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