The point of view for most of Alice Walker's "The Flowers" is that of an omniscient narrator, but it becomes third person objective near the story's end.
For most of the story, the narrator knows what Myob feels and thinks. In the exposition of the story, for instance, the narrator explains that as Myob skips from hen house to the pigpen to the smokehouse, "It seemed to Myob that the days had never been as beautiful as these." Further, her experiences of the harvest are described, and later the omniscient narrator again describes Myob's feelings:
She felt light and good in the warm sun. She was ten and nothing existed for her but her song, the stick clutched in her dark brown hand, and the ta-de-ta-ta-ta of accompaniment.
Near the climax of the story, as Myob starts to turn back "to the peacefulness of the morning," the narrator switches to a third-person objective perspective after indicating that Myob "gazed around the spot with interest." Then, the narrator simply reports what occurs without providing details of Myob's thoughts or feelings. When Myop comes upon the dead man who has been lynched, for instance, the narrator simply reports action and gives description:
Very near where she'd stepped onto the head was a wild pink rose. As she picked it up to add to her bundle, she noticed a raised mound, a ring around the roses red.
It was the remains of a noose.
While there is a subtle irony to the phrase "a ring around the roses red," a phrase from a nursery rhyme that has had a hidden and portentous meaning--the Black Death (as well as a double entendre on the words "Black Death")--the narrator does not describe Myob's feelings or thoughts. Only the suggestion of Myob's trauma is indicated when Walker writes objectively, "Myob lay down her flowers" and "The summer was over."
The switch to a more matter-of-fact, objective narrator at the climax and the resolution of the story is extremely effective in generating shock in the reader as well as expressing the effect upon Myob, who loses her innocence and childhood in discovering that the man has been lynched, a terrible act which she must have only heard about before.