Is The Fighting Ground written in 3rd person?
The Fighting Ground is written in the third person. You can tell because the narrator is referred to as “Jonathan” and does not refer to himself as “I.”
A third person narrator uses names and third person pronouns to follow the main character. The pronouns like he and they are used to refer to the narrator, not I or me. This limited narrator can follow one character, and an omniscient narrator can follow other characters as well and give a more developed picture of the other characters’ actions.
Jonathan could hear the breathing of all men about, quick and agitated. Beyond that, he heard the tap-tapping of the drum, the nagging, relentless curl of the fire. (2:30, p. 37)
The book focuses on telling events from Jonathan’s point of view of one day. Yet Avi does not choose a first person narrator. This distances the reader from the narrator somewhat. The novel uses realism like Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, which is also about a young soldier. In each case, no one is named or close to the narrator.