Esther Forbes Writing Styles in Johnny Tremain

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Johnny Tremain is written in a limited third-person point of view. That is while Johnny does not narrate his story the reader is told his thoughts and feelings without knowing any more about the thoughts and feelings of others than Johnny himself knows. Since the book begins when Johnny is fourteen and ends when he is sixteen it is not surprising that there are times when the reader understands Johnny's feelings even better than he does himself. For example, Johnny is puzzled that he sometimes is indifferent to Priscilla Lapham and at other times finds his visits with her the high point of his week not noticing that he is indifferent when she is readily available and most interested when someone else, Rab or even Pumpkin, seems interested in her and awakens his jealousy. There are brief passages where the point of view becomes omniscient, pulling...

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