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by Mark Twain

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What type of narrator telling the story in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? Identify the point of view being used in pages 1–29.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has a third-person omniscient narrator. Although this narrator closely follows the protagonist, his views are clearly his own, and he sometimes has a different perspective from Tom's. He is able to comment on the interior lives of other characters. For instance, he says of Aunt Polly,

Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to contemplate her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning.

The narrator generally sympathizes with Tom's point of view, as when he describes the dandified attire of the new boy at the end of chapter...

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