American Gods | Study Guide

Neil Gaiman

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Perspective and Narrator

American Gods is told by a third-person limited narrator who sometimes veers into omniscience. Most of the novel focuses on the perspective of Shadow Moon. In scenes where Shadow is not present, the narration changes perspectives to either that of another character or to an impartial narrator who does not know what any of the characters are thinking or feeling.


American Gods is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title American Gods refers to all the entities worshipped in the United States, many of whom are characters in the book. Most are "old" gods who came to the United States with their immigrant believers. The few "new" gods represent the technology and entities worshipped by Americans, including cars, media, and the Internet.


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