James A. Michener Writing Styles in Tales of the South Pacific

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Point of View

The point of view of the story is that of an American officer involved in operations in the South Pacific, in this case a Naval officer. Most of the stories are written in the first person viewpoint of the narrator, who is an aide to the fictional Admiral Kester. Some of the stories are in the third person point of view, with a few from the point of view of the pilot Bus Adams. The narrator is not given a name and is often purely an observer, as in stories such as "The Coral Sea." Nevertheless, the story is in the narrator's first person point of view. In the story "Mutiny," the narrator has an active role, with a mission from Admiral Kester to overcome local objections and build an airstrip on Norfolk Island.

In other stories the narrator is not used and the story is...

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