From what point of view is the story told and why is that important?

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Animal Farm is told from a third person point of view, specifically one that has a limited omniscience. The third person point of view is important because it allows Orwell to take on the tone of the fable/fairy tale, the category into which the story is most often placed. The limited omniscience is useful because it mostly keeps the narrator focused on external events, making it a vivid read, but it does allow Orwell to dip into the minds of the characters/summarize thoughts when useful.

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