What is the point of view in Frindle?

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Frindle is told from a limited third person omniscient perspective. Omniscient means all-knowing, and third person means an outside party. There is no one character from the text that tells the story directly, but a separate entity that can tell us the thoughts of any and all of the characters. Even though the narrator could tell us anything that any of the characters are thinking, it focuses on Nick’s perspective for most of the text. This is why it’s called a limited third person omniscient, because the reader never has an inside look into Mrs. Granger’s motives, or other characters that have less time on the page. While the focus is on Nick, this particular point of view can also “zoom out” so the reader can see what is happening with the "frindle" craze locally, then nationwide.

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Frindle is written in third person omniscient.  This means that we know everyone’s point of view.  Most of the story centers on the point of view of Nick.

Point of view describes how a story is being told.  Third person omniscient  point of view is not limited to one character.  In this story, we often get Nick’s perspective, but Nick does not tell the story.  The narrator is inside Nick’s head, but is not Nick.

On the outside, Nick was still Nick.  But inside, it was different.  Oh sure, he still had a lot of great ideas, but now they scared him a little. (ch 14, p. 88)

Since the story focuses on Nick, we get the fifth grade perspective most of the time.  However, the perspectives of the principal, reporter, Mrs. Granger, and Nick’s parents add to the story and give the reader a fuller picture of Nick’s world.

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