The Bean Trees

From whose point of view are the events in Chapter 1 told? How does the point of view shift in Chapter 2? Why do you think the author changed from one point of view to another?


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Most of the chapters are narrated by Taylor Greer, but Chapters Two and Four, which introduce Lou Ann, are narrated by an anonymous, omniscient narrator.

For the most part, the story is told from Taylor’s point of view, and we are privy to her thoughts and feelings. Chapters Two and Four are written from a limited omniscient perspective, from which the narrator explains Lou Ann’s thinking.