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by Mark Twain

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What type of narrator is telling The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? Identify the point of view being used.

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An omniscient third-person narrator tells the story of Tom Sawyer. This is the point of view of an adult looking back with fondness at a young boy's world.

We know the narration is third person because it refers to the characters as 'he' or 'she,' rather than using the first-person 'I.' We know the narration is omniscient (all-knowing) because the narrator slides easily from the viewpoint of one character to the next. In the opening, for example, we move from Aunt Polly wondering how she it is she never catches on to Tom's tricks to Tom's own thoughts:

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