Evelyn Waugh Writing Styles in A Handful of Dust

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Point of View

The story is written as a third person narrative. It is a story full of irony and sarcasm and the third voice gives the reader an opportunity to assume their own position. The reader is given authority to find humor and education by choice.

The chapters are made up of direct quotes and dialogue from the characters. There are few places where the story is told solely from the narrative point of view. The personality and mindset of each character is displayed firsthand. The author doesn't have to sum up for the reader that Beaver doesn't care for Brenda; the impression is summed up in their dialogue. "Until Wednesday, when I thought something had happened to you, I had no idea that I loved you."

"Well you've said it enough. You clod" (p. 171).

Setting

The novel is set in various areas of England and Brazil. Most...

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