William Trevor Writing Styles in The Story of Lucy Gault

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Point of View

The Story of Lucy Gault is told from multiple third-person points of view. This is necessary in a story like this because even though it is primarily Lucy's story, it is necessary to view Lucy through the eyes of someone else. When Lucy's parents do not return, it is necessary for us to feel what they are experiencing. Also, because Lucy cannot know what is going on with her parents when they are gone, she cannot be the one to tell it. In fact, because the story is based on the fact that nobody can know what is really going on, it is necessary to be able to change points of view.

Setting

The initial setting for The Story of Lucy Gault is provincial Ireland in the early 1920's and while the setting remains mainly in Ireland, the time frame progresses to the present. Civil unrest...

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