Examine Atwood's prose style, paying special attention to language as an element of narration in The Edible Woman.

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Though some might regard this as a negative criticism (which it's not intended to be), Atwood's language in The Edible Woman might often be called "unremarkable." For the most part, she gives us a straightforward narration without frills, obscurity, or the imaginative extensions of reality we find in, say, Virginia Woolf. She gives a realistic account of an arc, so to speak, of crisis through which a woman travels.

Probably the book many readers would find similarities to in The Edible Woman is Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. But Atwood's story views people through a less caricatured lens than Plath's. Both writers use understatement . Atwood's story has a subtext of absurdity which does not need special commentary or self-analysis to explain it. In addition, the shift to third-person narration in the middle of the novel is done so smoothly that one does not feel any disconnect with the story as it has been told so...

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