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Point of View
Transcript of Point of View
Example of First Person POV:
(from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Heminway)
ROBERT COHN was once middleweight boxing champion of
Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed by that
as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn. He cared nothing for
boxing, in fact he disliked it, but he learned it painfully and
thoroughly to counteract the feeling of inferiority and shyness he
had felt on being treated as a Jew at Princeton. He was really very fast. He was so good that Spider
promptly overmatched him and got his nose permanently flattened.
This increased Cohn's distaste for boxing, but it gave him a cer-
tain satisfaction of some strange sort, and it certainly improved his
nose. In his last year at Princeton he read too much and took tc
wearing spectacles. I never met any one of his class who remem-
bered him. They did not even remember that he was middle-
weight boxing champion.
Objective POV Example:
She laughed as she ran across the soft sand and felt it's warmth on her feet. He was close behind her and it wasn't long before he caught up. His strong hands took hold of her and pulled her down into the sand. He ran his hand gently over her skin and they lay there together for a few moments under the hot sun.
He reached over and stroked her hair and pulled her head towards his. As their lips brushed lightly together, she laughed and jumping up, ran towards the water. From the water's edge she looked around to see if he was in pursuit, but he was just sitting there, watching her, with a smile on his face.
Limited POV Example:
(From "The Dead" by James Joyce)
Gabriel's eyes, irritated by the floor, which glittered with beeswax under the heavy chandelier, wandered to the wall above the piano. A picture of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet hung there and beside it was a picture of the two murdered princes in the Tower which Aunt Julia had worked in red, blue and brown wools when she was a girl. Probably in the school they had gone to as girls that kind of work had been taught for one year. His mother had worked for him as a birthday present a waistcoat of purple tabinet, with little foxes' heads upon it, lined with brown satin and having round mulberry buttons. It was strange that his mother had had no musical talent though Aunt Kate used to call her the brains carrier of the Morkan family. Both she and Julia had always seemed a little proud of their serious and matronly sister. Her photograph stood before the pierglass. ......
Third Person Omniscient POV Example:
( from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?"
Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
"But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here and she told me all about it."
Mr. Bennet made no answer.
"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently.
"You want to tell me and I have no objection to hearing it."
This was invitation enough.
Point of View (POV)