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What is the point of view in the story "The Grave" by Katherine Anne Porter?

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The third-person point of view is an entirely appropriate one for the story. It provides us with a kind of God's-eye perspective on things. As the plot concerns a haunting memory of childhood and the profound moral issues it raises, it's necessary to have the kind of disinterested standpoint that only the third-person point of view can really give.

While reading the story, we're meant to feel as if we're looking down on Paul and Miranda from a great height, relating their unpleasant discovery that day in the cemetery to wider issues of life and death. These are cosmic issues, issues of great import for...

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