The Pearl Questions and Answers
by John Steinbeck

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Who is the narrator of The Pearl?

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In his novella The Pearl, Steinbeck uses a third-person omniscient narrator. This means that the anonymous narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of different characters in the story, as well as things that happen before and after the story ends. Authors typically choose to use a third-person omniscient narrator in order to reveal more information about the story and its characters to the audience. "Omniscient" is another word for "all-knowing", so a third-person omniscient narrator knows everything about the characters. This is different than a third-person limited narrator. A third-person limited narrator is more limited in the amount of knowledge they have. They only know the thoughts and feelings of one character in the story (typically those of the main character).

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The Pearl is told by a third-person omniscient narrator. In other words, the story is told from the point of view of an unknown narrator who can tell the reader what is happening from all of the characters' viewpoints.

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The Pearl is a novel written in third person narration. The narrator is seperate from, omniscient and able to give an objective as opposed to a subjective view of the occuring events. (This can be beneficial because it allows the reader to independently develop opinions.)