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Literary Points of View

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Sheila Whittle

on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of Literary Points of View

Literary Points of View
Third Person Limited
Point of View
The narrator restricts his knowledge to
character's view or behavior.

The reader is
to knowing the thoughts and feelings of only
Third Person Omniscient
Point of View
The narrator tells the story from an all-knowing perspective. The narrator know everything about
the characters.
First Person / Subjective
Point of View
The narrator restricts the perspective to only one character to tell the story.

One character is telling the story using words like I, me, my, etc...

Diaries, personal narratives, memoirs, autobiographies, and some fictional pieces are written in first person point of view.
An autobiography is the story of a person's life, but it is told by that person and is written from the
first-person point of view

thoughts and feelings
family, friends, or associates (people from work, school, etc...)
memorabilia (objects kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with memorable people or events)

autobiographical books
diaries and journals
personal essays

When you read an autobiography, you...
get the subject's interpretation of events, written from a subjective point of view
learn the subject's private thoughts and feelings
hear the subject's private thoughts and feelings
hear the subject's voice and get a sense of his or her personality

A biography is a story of a person's life told by someone else and written from the
third-person point of view

Letters to and from the subject
Interviews with the subject and/or others
Books about the subject
Diaries or Journals

biographical books
encyclopedia entries
feature articles in newspapers and magazines or Web sites

When you read a biography, you...
get information from a variety of sources
discover how other people view the subject
might get a more objective picture of the subject's life
Elements of a Diary
Historical Fiction
Fictional Adaptation
A diary, or journal, is a daily personal record that is kept of events, thoughts, and ideas associated with an individual. Diaries are written in
first-person point of view

Keeping a diary is an excellent means of documenting experiences and ideas that will have meaning later in life or possibly be of importance to the next generation.

In many instances, keeping a diary is something that people choose to do in secret. The thoughts and ideas that are captured in the text of a diary are often considered private and confidential.


Written by the actual person

Writer's primary purpose is to inform

Writer presents fairly accurate details but with own point of view
Unlike a diary, an autobiography is intended to be published and shared with others

More than diaries, an autobiography references other sources
Unlike an autobiography,
a diary is usually intended to be private.

Diaries consist mostly of the author's own personal thoughts and feelings
written by a writer or playwright (a playwright is an author of plays)
writer's purpose is to inform and entertain
writer may include imaginary characters and events to boost dramatic effects
Stories and plays based on real people and events based on biographies, autobiographies, and diaries.
Stories and plays that are based on people or events from history.
The setting takes place in the past
The dialogue and action are mostly created by the writer or playwright (a playwright is an author of plays)
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