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Narrator and Voice

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patricia jamieson

on 4 September 2013

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Narrator and Voice
A Narrator is basically the person who tells the story/narrative. It could tell the story in first, third (limited) , and omniscient point of view. When a Narrator speaks he controls everything we know like characters and settings.
Tone and Voice
The Tone of the narrator conveys the attitude toward the character or subject. The Narrator could have several different tones such as: formal, informal, intimate, solemn, playful, serious, sarcastic, etc. The tone can change depending on what happens in the story. The tone is aspect of the voice that it characterizes , and the voice can also change depending what happens in the story. The voice is basically who is talking in the story ( first , second, or third person P.O.V )
Third person Omniscient
If you use omniscient point of view, the narrator does not become a character in the story.
You will never refer to yourself directly
Omniscient means all knowing, therefore Omniscient narrators are able to tell everything about every character.
First Person
The first person narrator is a person in the story who talks to us, using I, which is the first person pronoun.
We get a very personal view of what is happening from a first person narrator, but we only know what he or she thinks and experiences or what he or she chooses to tell us.
Always question whether a first person narrator could be trusted.
Third person limited.
In third person limited the storyteller, the narrator talks about the character using he or she.
It shares one characters reaction to everything that happens in the story.
What we know about other characters in the story is limited.
third person limited
An example of 3rd person limited would be a fairy tail story by the name of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. In the story it narrates snow whites feelings and thoughts, as well as her actions.
"I wonder who lives here? she said to herself, peeping round the kitchen"
This is the thoughts of Snow white when she enters the dwarfs cottage.
Later on in the story the queen is jealous of snow whites beauty, so she sends out a huntsman to go cut out her heart. Snow white then runs away and finds a cottage inhabited by seven little dwarves. The queen disguises herself as an old lady and feeds snow white a poison apple. Snow white then falls asleep until she gets true loves kiss.

In shel Silverstein's book The Giving tree, It tells a story about a boy and a tree. In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to make requests of the tree. Taking taking her apples, her branches, and finally her trunk until the tree is just a stump. This is an example of omniscient narrative because it shows both the boy and the tree's point of view.
First person
An example of a first person narrative would be The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. It is a story in the (Narrated by) point of view of Katniss Everdeen When she is chosen to be her tribute for her district in this years Hunger Games. This is an example of first person because it only shows the story through Katniss's perspective and no one elses.
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