The View from Saturday

by E. L. Konigsburg

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What is the point of view in The View from Saturday?

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The View from Saturday is told from the point of view of an omniscient narrator and the four sixth-grade students in the Academic Bowl.

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This story is told from more than one point of view. Sometimes, E. L. Konigsburg's novel has the point of view of an omniscient narrator. This narrator is not an actual character in the story. During these parts, the narrator doesn't make themselves known with personal pronouns like I. Here, the narrator's role isn’t to be a character, but to tell what's happening with the characters. As the word omniscient indicates, the narrator knows everything about the characters and what’s going on in their lives. For example, it knows that the Academic Bowl is taking place in a cold television studio, and it knows that Nadia’s red hair would have likely inspired the Italian painter Raphael.

In The View from Saturday, Konigsburg breaks up the omniscient point of view with a first-person point of view. In certain parts, Konigsburg hands the narration over to the sixth-graders taking part in the competition. Depending on the section, the point of view could come from Nadia, Noah, Ethan, or Julian.

In these chapters, one might notice plenty of personal pronouns like I; that's because there is a specific person behind this point of view. Here, one isn't getting the point of view from a disembodied narrator but from a specific character who has a concrete role in Konigsburg's story.

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