Ellen Gilchrist Writing Styles in Victory over Japan

This Study Guide consists of approximately 23 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Victory over Japan.
This section contains 426 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Victory over Japan Study Guide

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.

Style

Allowing her characters to speak for themselves is typical of Gilchrist's fiction and "Victory Over Japan" is no exception. Since Rhoda is a child when she recounts these events, it is natural that her narrative voice will be that of a young child. But critics have commented that this style marks many of Gilchrist's stories even when the narrator is an adult woman. According to Dean Flower, "The distinctive trait of Gilchrist's colloquial style is its deliberate naiveté: short sentences, simple phrasing, lists. At moments this voice can sound like children's storytelling."

Structure

Like many of Gilchrist's stories, Rhoda's tale is gossipy, even amusing at points. An unexpected...

(read more)

This section contains 426 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Victory over Japan Study Guide
Copyrights
Short Stories for Students
Victory over Japan from Short Stories for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.