Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni Narrator Point of View

By Helene Wecker

Narrator Point of View

Third Person (Limited Omniscient)

The Golem and the Jinni hops around through a few different characters, like the Jinni invading the dreams of an unsuspecting Bedouin maiden. Except in this case, Helene Wecker alternating between personalities doesn't kill anyone. Well, almost no one.

Our narrative perspectives are the Jinni, the Golem, Sophia Winston, Michael Levy, Mahmoud Saleh, and Yehudah Schaalman, along with brief dips into the Syrian Desert of a thousand years ago. This perspective hopping allows us to get the Jinni and the Golem's internal thoughts, and to see what others think of them—Saleh's suspicion, Schaalman's evil stalking, Michael's loneliness, and Sophia's longing and loss.

We're glad we don't have to hear everyone's thoughts (like the Golem does as she senses the emotions of others) because Arbeely would probably be really boring to read, and unless you're Nancy Grace, no one wants to get inside the head of a domestic abusing jerk like Anna's boyfriend, Irving. Instead, we get just enough perspectives to fully flesh out (no offense to the Golem) the story.