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Point of View, Tone, & Voice
Transcript of Point of View, Tone, & Voice
First-person point of view
Example: "There is blood on the snow. I bite my lip clear through. It needs stitches. Mom will be late again. I hate winter. I've lived in Syracuse my whole life and I hate winter. It starts to early and ends too late. No one likes it. Why does anyone stay here?"
Example: "However, the Ankh-Morpork Chamber of Commerce would not be happy at the suggestion that the only real; difference between the city and a swamp is the number of legs on the alligators."
2) Third-person omniscient
3) Third-person limited
the narrator knows everything that is happening inside all of the characters and all of their thoughts
all knowing but may not reveal all
the story is told from a character, showing only their thoughts, feelings, and senses
Points of View
the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of only one character.
this character is referred to using third-person pronouns
limited to one person
Example: "Then he looked behind him and saw that no land was visible.'That makes no difference,' he thought" -The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
can be biased
allowed us to know Melinda's thoughts and feelings and what she was personally going through
if "Speak" was written in third-person omniscient then the reader might not know everything that Melinda was thinking and feeling throughout the events that she went through in her freshman year. However, we would have a more clear idea of what the other characters were thinking, helping us to more understand the story as a whole.
Example: "Hawthorne wanted snow to symbolize cold, that's what I think. Cold and silence. Nothing quiter than snow. The sky screams to deliver it, a hundred banshees flying on the edge of the blizzard. But once the snow covers the ground, it hushes as still as my heart."
The tone is depressed and lonely. Melinda at this point in the story no longer has any friends, the whole school is avoiding her, and she has no one that she feels comfortable talking to. This causes her to become lonely because she is afraid to tell people what happened to her and begins to think that what happened to her might have been her own fault.
What is the tone of this passage?
There was a steaming in all the hollows, and it had roamed in its forlornness up the hill, like an evil spirit, seeking rest and finding none. A clammy and intensely cold mist, it made its slow way through the air in ripples that visibly followed and overspread one another, as the waves of an unwholesome sea might do. - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickinson
The tone of the passage is
Both of these tones support that something unknown or strange is about to occur.
-The writer's style, or the distinct words and thought patterns of a first-person narrator.
-Makes their writing unique.
-Can portray the author's personality, character, and perspective on the world.
- Usually not shown on purpose
- Shown through word choice, sentence structure, dialogue, and character development.
"I once believed that life was a gift. I thought whatever I wanted I would someday possess. Is that greed, or only youth? Is it hope or stupidity? As far as I was concerned the future was a book I could write to suit myself, chapter after chapter of good fortune," -Green Angel by Alice Hoffman.
Which sentence/sentences show the most voice?:
A. The cat, sleepily purring, sat on the mat by the fireplace.
B. There were dozens that came to the party that night.
C. There was absolutely nothing that was going to stop them from winning their medal. Which they deserved, of course.
D. The book was old and incredibly worn, and had a brown cover with gold edges.
This is how a writer expresses his or her attitude towards the subject.
Steps to find tone:
1. Pay attention to dictation, or how the words are pronounced.
2. Look at the imagery because it shows what the character is thinking/feeling about what happened.
3. Pay attention to the details.
4. Listen to the language used because the words may mean more than their literal definition.
5.Break down the sentence structure because the writer may change sentence structure to show tone and make a pattern that the reader can see.
Points of View Practice
like a narrator that focuses on a character or main character
only one person's thoughts
generally not as biased as first person, but more than first person omniscient because the reader still knows what a particular character's feelings are
Watch each clip and determine which point of view is being used. Also think about how the point of view affects each movie.
I bite my lip. I am not going to think about it. It was ugly, but it's over, and I'm not going to think about it. My lip bleeds a little. It tastes like metal. I need to sit down.- page 5 of Speak
Sentence Structure, Phrasing, Word Choice
The voice of Green Angel- Thoughtful, Inquisitive
The voice of Speak- Straight-Forward, Informal
How the Voice of Speak affects it's character