What point of view does Steinbeck use in The Pearl?  

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John Steinbeck uses an omniscient third-person point of view (POV) in The Pearl.The POV is "third-person" in that the narrator seems to be on outsider looking in on the story's events. (Think: an outsider—the third person—observing two people—the first and second person—talk.) And the POV is omniscient ("all knowing") in how the narrator is able to reveal the thoughts, actions, and perspectives of other characters—even minor characters, such as the priest in The Pearl—who are not the main protagonist.

The Pearl uses the omniscient third-person POV to observe events at a distance, while occasionally closing that distance by jumping into the minds of Kino, Juana, the doctor, etc. Due to the narrator's lack of personality or subjectivity, we can reasonably assume that the narrator is providing a trustworthy, untainted account of events within The Pearl.

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The point of view Steinbeck uses in "The Pearl" is third person omniscient. The narrator tells the story of Kino and his pearl but also knows quite a bit about the other characters, especially the doctor and the pearl buyers. There is very little dialogue in the story but all the important thoughts and actions of the character are recorded. That is why the point of view is omniscient, the narrator seems to be all-knowing.

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