In "The Destructors" By Graham Greene, what is the point of view?

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The point of view of “The Destructors” is third person omniscient. 

In a third person omniscient story, the narrator is an uninvolved third party who can share the thoughts of several different characters.  This keeps the reader at a distance, and prevents any character from dominating the story.

You can tell that the story is third person from the use of third person pronouns like “he” and names.  Sometimes there are no character names used at all.

The gang were puzzled and perturbed by this action and tried to explain it away. “Bet someone dropped them and he picked ’em up,” somebody suggested.

The narrator often refers to the boys collectively, or allows one or two of them to talk.  None of the characters share their opinions exclusively, and we are not limited to just the feelings of the boys.

“I’m sorry,” the driver said, making heroic efforts, but when he remembered the sudden check to his lorry, the crash of bricks falling, he became convulsed again.

The use of the driver’s point of view adds to the story by heightening the irony.  The fact that the driver finds the destruction of the rebuilt house so funny provides a new perspective for the reader.


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