What is the point of view in The Awakening?

The point of view in The Awakening is third-person omniscient.

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The Awakening is told from a third-person omniscient point of view. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the action of the story; they never use the first-person pronoun "I" or "we" when speaking of events, because they can only tell them in the third person, talking...

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The Awakening is told from a third-person omniscient point of view. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the action of the story; they never use the first-person pronoun "I" or "we" when speaking of events, because they can only tell them in the third person, talking about what another "he" or "she" has done or said. It also means that the narrator can and does report on the thoughts and feelings of any and all the characters; the narrator is literally "all-knowing," as this is what the word "omniscient" means. This does not necessarily mean that they will always report what every character is thinking or feeling in a given moment but that the narrator can and does describe the thoughts and feelings of all characters at some point or another.

For example, early on in the story, the narrator explains that "the morning seemed long to [Léonce Pontellier]" because Léonce had gone for a swim earlier that morning. Further, the narrator says that looking at her hands "reminded [Edna] of her rings." Then, when Edna and Robert attempt to relate a funny story of something that happened at the beach, "it did not seem half so amusing when told. They realized this, and so did Mr. Pontellier." In short, the narrator describes the unspoken thoughts of each of these three characters in this scene, helping us to identify the point of view as third-person omniscient.

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