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Author's Point of View

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Steve Pleasnick

on 7 November 2013

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Author's Point of View
and Hiroshima

What is point of view?
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The way an author allows you to see and hear what is going on. The point of view can change the mood and tone as well as the overall perspective of the story.
Second Person
The author speaks directly to the audience.
Words like "you," "your" are used a lot.
This is not used very often.

Third Person
The narrator is not in the story.
Rather than risk a land invasion and lose more American troops, President Truman authorizes an atomic bomb to be dropped on Japan
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
What are we going to do today?
of the different types of point of view
Look back at Hiroshima
Examine writing for point of view and perspective
Who is the narrator or who is telling the story?
The narrator is a character in the story.
Usually the words "I," "me," "mine," "my" are used.
In first person, the narrator is usually a main character
The reader sees everything through this character's eyes
From Kaffir Boy
by M. Mathabane
When my mother began dropping hints that I would soon be going to school, I vowed never to go because school was a waste of time.
from Help Yourself By Helping Others
by M. Dennis
The thoughts and feelings of only 1 character is revealed
The narrator knows everything about the characters and events.
Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket
by J. Finney
He understood fully that he might actually be going to die; his arms, maintaining balance on the ledge, were trembling steadily now.
How does point of view affect the:
What do you remember about World War II?
In the Pacific?
Pearl Harbor
Vicious back and forth fighting between Japanese and Allied forces who were going from island to island before launching an attack on Japan's mainland. An attempt to cut off each island from Japan 1 by 1. Regular bombing raids on Japan showed the need for bases close to Japan.
Island Hopping
Japanese sneak attack on the US Navy in Hawaii leads to the US declaring war
Banzai and Kamikaze attacks
These suicide missions showed the extend to which Japanese were willing to sacrifice for the war effort
February 1945- Iwo Jima 7,000 US casualties
April-June 1945- Okinawa 12,000 US casualties

These US victories foreshadowed what a
Japanese invasion might look like
Hiroshima, a manufacturing center of some 350,000 people located about 500 miles from Tokyo, was selected as the first target. The Enola Gay, piloted by Paul Tibbetts, dropped the bomb--known as "Little Boy"--by parachute at 8:15 in the morning of August 6, 1945, and it exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city.
The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure.
On your paper, read through the 4 different selections and indicate which point of view is used. Then circle some of the words that helped you .
Flip your paper over. Read each situation and answer the questions that follow.
An article called "Hiroshima" written by John Hersey was published in The New Yorker magazine in August 1946, a year after World War II ended. The article was based on interviews with atomic bomb survivors and tells their experiences the morning of the blast and for the next few days and weeks. It was a calm and accurate account of survival in the first city to be destroyed by a single weapon.

There were many remarkable things about the "Hiroshima" article. Just a few:

"Hiroshima" took over the entire issue of the The New Yorker, there were no articles or cartoons.
The issue caused a tremendous effect, and sold out within hours.
Many magazines and newspapers commented on the article.
The full text was read on the radio in the U.S. and other countries.
The Book-of-the-Month club sent a free copy in book form to all its members.

"Hiroshima" was quickly published as a book, and remains in print today.

If you'd rather work on a one-to-one personal basis, you might volunteer to tutor a child who is having trouble with your favorite subject-say reading or science.
The Clever Judge
Long ago, there was a wise and respected judge.Throughout the land, his wisdom in matters of law and justice were celebrated...The next day, the court was filled with curious spectators. They were eager to see how the judge would uncover the truth despite any lack of evidence
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