Gary Schmidt Writing Styles in The Wednesday Wars

Gary Schmidt
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Point of View

The point of view in The Wednesday Wars is first person. This point of view is necessary, in that the novel focuses on the coming of age of the main character, Holling Hoodhood. Holling knows only his own emotions intimately and knows the emotions of others only through their outward expressions and through his own interpretations of those expressions. Understanding the world through Holling's eyes is the main goal of the story, and the impact of Holling's growth over the course of events in the novel is clear because of the first person narrative.

The story is told mostly thought dialog and interactions between characters, although there is also description and Holling's own thoughts to explain what is going on to the reader. This method helps to show not only Holling's changing view of the world, but also to explain, though his interactions with others such...

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