Jean Merrill Writing Styles in The Pushcart War

Jean Merrill
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Point of View

The Pushcart War is written in the dramatic or objective third person point of view. This point of view is similar to the omniscient or semi-omniscient third person point of view, except that in the dramatic third person the author never attempts to report on the emotions and secret thoughts of the characters. The author never attempts to suggest that she knows what the characters are feeling, because this novel is written in an impartial journalistic style as though a non-fiction account of a real war.

This choice of point of view works well in this novel due to the author's choice to present the fictional story as a non-fictional account. If the author had attempted to go inside the minds of her characters, it would have changed the structure of the novel into something more of an omniscient point of view that a reader might...

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