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amidwars | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 10, 2008 at 7:57 AM via web

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What is the point of view from which the story "The Chocolate War" is told?

 

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 10, 2008 at 8:46 AM (Answer #1)

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This story is written in 3rd person limited point of view.  The narrator is not a single character, but some speaker outside the story that is telling the audience what is happening.  It is possible with 3rd person to focus on the thoughts of many different characters, giving the audience the perspective of different people.  3rd person limited, however, limits the audience's exposure to only the thoughts of a single character.  Jerry, the protagonist of the story, is the character that the narrator follows.  As readers, we are able to feel Jerry's apprehension and doubt because our view is limited - we don't know what the character's are thinking and so we can't be sure what will happen.

Was life that dull, that boring and humdrum for people? He hated to think of his own life stretching ahead of him that way, a long succession of days and nights that were fine, fine—not good, not bad, not great, not lousy, not exciting, not anything.

This quote provides us with the train of thought that leads Jerry to rebel against The Vigils.  It is thought by Jerry after he sees his father, and realizes that he doesn't want to be "swept along" in life the way his father has.  Focusing on this one character and his thoughts allows Corimer to better express his theme about integrity and determination.

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