What is the point of view in The Old Man and the Sea?

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droxonian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The point of view in The Old Man and the Sea is third-person omniscient. What that means for an analysis of the novel is that the reader need not have the same concerns they might have about narrator unreliability, or limited narrator awareness, as if the point of view had been first person or a different kind of third person. Omniscient third-person narrative was very common in older novels, but as the twentieth century wore on, it became increasingly more usual for authors to choose a restricted third-person narrative, wherein the point of view is still centered on one (or several) characters and what they know of the situation, rather than being completely omniscient, as it is here. However, in The Old Man and the Sea, we can be assured that the narrator, whoever he or she may be, knows everything that is going on in the heads of both the boy and the old man in the story. (Effectively, it is a disembodied voice, not representative of any character in the novel, who tells the story.) 

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The point of view is third person omniscient. Third person means a narrator who isn't a character in the story is telling the story. Omniscient, meaning "all-knowing", is when the narrator knows what many or all of the characters are thinking and feeling. This type of narration gives the reader a broader view of all the characters, not just one.

arjun | Student

The narrator is a story teller.In novel everything is in the hand of the story teller and characters seem to be slave where as in drama the characters are let discuss freely and they are responsible of their actions.Drama is performd on the stage where as the novel is not.First of it ,it is dramatized and then is performed.So the narrator is always present there and tells the story.He is known the third person.So everything is to his approach.

This literary genre is very fruitful while travelling because one

gets a lot entertainment and instruction besides makes his 

travelling easier.So he narrates all characters with great spirit and technique.The reader understands every thing easily,that`s why this form has got a lot popularity and fame.

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