Bridge to Terabithia – Literature – Narrative Point of View

The novel is written in third-person and most likely by an adult extradiegetic narrator (one outside of the novel with a superior view of the story). This adult narrator mediates the plot, concentrating on a young person, in particular Jesse Aarons. The outcome is a heteroglot narrator, which means that the discourse of the narrator and the character become indistinguishable (Nikolajeva 23). Cohn  refers to this style as psycho-narration (qtd. in Nikolajeva 23) while Nikolajeva denotes it as a blended narrative (ibid). The view of the narrator cannot be defined as objective because it is influenced by the thoughts of the main character, Jesse Aarons. Throughout the whole story, the reader only gets to know his thoughts. Even though the reader sees Leslie’s behavior and her emotional reactions, we never get to hear her mind or find out how she pictures the magical kingdom of Terabithia. This affects the reader’s relationship to the characters: there is a particular level of empathy toward Jesse and we experience the world as he does.