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Writing Techniques in The Return of the Soldier

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Although West's subject may have been revolutionary in The Return of the Soldier, her narrative technique is straightforward. West uses Jenny to narrate the novel, creating a multiple of perspectives as each character relates different aspects of the novel to her. Through this technique, West is able to fill in what happened before the novel's present time, such as the deaths of the two children five years before the novel's events and Margaret and Chris's love affair. West moves her novel forward, in a sense, as Chris recovers his memory: his remembering, or others' attempts at helping him to remember, is the reader's enlightenment as well.

Irony, as critic M. H. Abrams writes, is "the difference between what is asserted and what is actually the case" and is a technique West uses in her first novel and continued to use in her other fictions. Here...

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