John Steinbeck Writing Styles in Flight

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"Flight" is told from a third-person point of view. The narrator, the person telling the story, is outside the story and relates events as an observer would see them For most of the story, the narrator is not omniscient, or "all-knowing," about the characters in the story. When a narrator's point of view is limited, the reader is not told a character's thoughts or feelings during the course of the story. Instead, the reader must determine what a character is thinking or feeling from what the character does or says. One exception to this limited point of view appears near the beginning of the story, when the narrator says, "Mama thought [Pepe] fine and brave, but she never told him so." The narrator is stepping into Mrs. Torres' mind and telling readers what she thinks. For most of the story, however, the reader can...

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