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What is the effect of the story being told in an objective third-person point of view?
The audience can observe the action through three different characters' eyes, allowing them to experience the story from multiple perspectives.
The audience can avoid becoming too emotionally involved with the characters.
The audience can observe the action from George's point of view and get a real sense of his experience as Lennie's caretaker.
The audience can observe the action from the fairly impartial point of view of the narrator and develop their own opinions about the characters.
The audience can read all of the narration without having to go through all of the dialogue, and still understand what is happening in the story.