Topic 10: The role of the narrator
Third person narration
Their Eyes Were Watching God opens with an unidentified third-person narrator who remains outside the story. However, the narration changes when Janie tells her story to her best friend, Pheoby Watson. How can an omniscient narrator tell the story at the same time that the novel’s heroine, Janie, also tells her story? Do these voices reflect different parts of Janie, or does the omniscient narrator reveal another force in Janie’s universe? Click on the link below to begin sharing your thoughts.