Study Guide

The Ear, the Eye, the Arm Narrator Point of View

By Nancy Farmer

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Omniscient)

We know that Tendai is our main man throughout the book, but he's not our narrator. How can we tell? We don't get an I when he does something. Check it out:  href="http:>

Tendai imagined them lying on the warm earth of their huts, feeling it tremble with destiny. Their shields and spears lay ready by the door. (1.3)

Notice how we know what Tendai is thinking and feeling even though Tendai isn't telling us himself. This means we have a third-person narrator who is omniscient. It's almost as though a fly on the wall is watching everything and relaying it to us. You know, if flies could talk and read minds.

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