Chinua Achebe Writing Styles in Girls at War, and Other Stories

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Most of the stories in this collection are told from the third-person and omniscient point-of-view. These stories have a narrator that is able to access the interior lives of the characters in the stories. What is notable about this is that in almost all of these stories, Achebe provides the reader with the thoughts and emotional reactions of numerous parties at the same time. For example, Akueke exists both in the title character's mind and in her brothers'. Chike's School Days chronicles both Chike's education and others' reaction to him. Perhaps most astonishing is Vengeful Creditor, with its narrator bounding from one individual to another. The first half of the story involves the Emenikes, with a brief sojourn to the Minister of Education. The second half switches to Veronica, with the final pages belonging to her mother Martha.

Only Girls at War is a third-person story...

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