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Scott Castro

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Transcript of POINT OF VIEW

Point of view is the vantage point in which an author tells the story.
First Person Point of View is typically told from the main character's perspective.

There are 3 different points of view. Can you name one?
The narrator always uses "I", "me", "we", "my", us when telling the story.
What are some advantages or disadvantages of First Person?
Disadvantages & Advantages
descriptive in nature
main characters perspective
makes the reader believe
unreliable, can be crazy
limited perspective, doesn't know the thoughts and emotions of other characters
makes the reader believe
"If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs."
from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Why might this narrator be unreliable or reliable? Give an example from the passage to support your answer.
Second Person Point of View is told in an imperative perspective. It is the rarest form of point of view in fiction and is usually used in instructional and technical writing
The author always uses "you", "your", "yourself". What does imperative mean?
What are some advantages or disadvantages of Second Person?
Advantages and Disadvantages
easy to understand step-by-step process
easy to find the POV, look for variations of "YOU"
makes you a character in the piece of writing
interacts with the reader
not meant for fiction
hard to write often switching between POV's
"While arranging apps, drag one app onto another. Tap the name of the folder to rename it. Drag apps to add or remove them. Press the Home button when you finish. You can have multiple pages of apps in a folder. Delete a folder."

from iPad Manual
What makes this Second Person?
There are 3 different types of Third Person Point of view. They are called Omnicient, Objective, and Limited.
Each Third Person is different in many respects than the others.
Third Person Omniscient is the most commonly used POV for fiction. This narrator is "ALL KNOWING", meaning, the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all characters.
Can you name some advantages or disadvantages?
more freedom
more objective
more descriptive...more action
you know everything, void of surprises at times.
"He is just what a young man ought to be," said she, "sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! -- so much ease, with such perfect manners. He was happy and she felt compelled to tell him the truth, but didn't want to ruin the day as she believed that this day had more to come.

Third Person Limited narrator tells the story from the perspective of one character, where the reader will only know the thoughts and feelings of that one character. While it does have more freedom than First Person, it is more limited than Third Person Omniscient.
Can you name some advantages or disadvantages?
Advantages & Disadvantages
more freedom than 1st Person
objective view of one character
focuses on one character
only know thoughts and feelings of one character.
This Anselmo had been a good guide and he could travel wonderfully in the mountains. Robert Jordan could walk well enough himself and he knew from following him since before daylight that the old man could walk him to death. Robert Jordan trusted the man, Anselmo, so far, in everything except judgment. He had not yet had an opportunity to test his judgment, and, anyway, the judgment was his own responsibility."


3rd Person Objective
The narrator tells the story from an observational point of view, like looking through the lens of a camera. The narrator does NOT know the thoughts and feelings of any of characters. You learn about characters only through their actions only.

OMNI means "all knowing
Advantages & Disadvantages
Why is this 3rd Person Omnicient?
DAY HAD BROKEN cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little-travelled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. It was nine o'clock. There was no sun nor hint of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun.

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