Ellen Gilchrist Writing Styles in Victory over Japan

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Point of View

"Victory Over Japan" is narrated in the first person by Rhoda Manning, a third-grade girl. Like many of Gilchrist's female characters, Rhoda is completely self-absorbed, which makes her version of the events she recounts entirely subjective.

Structure

Like many of Gilchrist's stories, Rhoda's tale is gossipy, even amusing at points. An unexpected violent ending is a Gilchrist trademark; in "Victory Over Japan," the violence is a threat rather than an actual event, but nonetheless the reader realizes that for all of Rhoda's blustery insistence on her own invincibility, she is apparently a victim or a potential victim of abuse.

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