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Revolutionary Road | Study Guide

Richard Yates

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Richard Yates

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Perspective and Narrator

The novel Revolutionary Road is narrated in the third person with focuses on multiple perspectives. However, most of the novel focuses on the point of view of the main character, Frank Wheeler.


The novel Revolutionary Road is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The book Revolutionary Road takes place in the United States during the 1950s, a time when author Richard Yates thought the country was trapped in a "lust for conformity." After the terror of World War II (1939–45), Americans were desperate to feel secure again. When Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908–57) began hunting for communist sympathizers among Americans, many were considered suspicious. To Yates, this mind-set betrayed the country's founding "revolutionary spirit."

Main characters Frank and April Wheeler live on a street called Revolutionary Road, located in Revolutionary Hill Estates, a fictional housing development in suburban Connecticut. The word revolutionary, with its promise of radical change, contrasts with the fear and stagnation many characters experience in the suburbs. Yates intends for April, an unhappy housewife who proposes that the family move to Paris, to embody the revolutionary spirit of the title.


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