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The Beach of Falesá | Study Guide

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Year Published



Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"The Beach of Falesá" is narrated by John Wiltshire in the first-person limited perspective, allowing the reader to experience the island life through Mr. Wiltshire's lens of cynicism and pride.


"The Beach of Falesá" is primarily written in the immediate past tense, periodically switching to distant past tense.

About the Title

"The beach" is the name for the area where the white men and other foreigners live on the South Pacific islands. Falesá is the name of the island. It also is a Samoan word meaning church. Religious symbols are used in "The Beach of Falesá" to represent a connection with Britain and to speak to the impact the church has had on the island.


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