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Narrative Point of View

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English La Quinta del Puente

on 26 February 2018

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It is the "how" of the narrative.
Point of View is the angle or vantage point from which events of the story are presented.
Point of View is the way the author allows the reader to "see" and "hear" what is going on.
Point of View is the perspective from which the story is told.
The person telling the story is "in" the story. He or she is participating in the action as a character in the narrative.
Watch for the use of the pronouns "I", "my", "me", and "mine" in this style of narration.
we will need to question the accuracy of the account/ this style of narration is usually unreliable

Consider the following to understand how perspective can affect a situation....
How does Darla feel about having Nemo as a pet?
How does Nemo feel about becoming Darla's pet?
In this style of narration the author speaks directly to the reader.
The author will employ the pronouns "you" and "your".
This style of narration is rare.
In this style of narration, the individual telling the story is not a participant in the action
The three types of third person narration are third-person objective, third-person limited, and third-person omniscient.
the reader is made aware of the thoughts and feelings of only one character
the thoughts and feelings of two or more characters are open to the reader
The word "omniscient" means all-knowing.
Third-person narration is generally...
In an omniscient narration, the reader may be made aware of information which is even unknown to the characters.
Time to test your new knowledge. Can you identify which point of view is being used in the following situations?
"I'm pleased to meet you," said Lady Alma, although she was not pleased. "And I you," murmured Sir Ivor, wishing that he were anywhere but here. Little did the two know that their meeting would have repercussions that would affect the whole of the British Empire.
I knew that Jack Martin was responsible for my family's bankruptcy, but I had never met the man until now. I was not surprised to find that he was an ugly giant of a man with a cruel smile and a wicked leer in his eyes.
The strange noises grew louder and louder as she neared the attic door. What monster lurked behind it? Suddenly, the door began to open....to reveal Little Johnny, a broad grin on his face. "I play in attic," he said.
Second person point of view is often used to give advice or directions.
Third Person Omniscient
First Person
Third Person Limited
the facts are reported by a seemingly neutral, impersonal observer
More examples:
“I have of late, — but wherefore I know not, — lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.”
“You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. But here you are, and you cannot say that the terrain is entirely unfamiliar, although the details are fuzzy.”
“Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt … Elizabeth, or Beth, as everyone called her, was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed … “
Inspector Garrard watched the man behind the counter serving a customer. His movements were quick, almost agitated. As he approached he saw the man’s eyes flick to his chest, as though looking for a telltale badge. Or was the man merely glancing down out of shyness?
The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play. and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands. Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"--eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys. The girls stood aside, talking among themselves, looking over their shoulders at rolled in the dust or clung to the hands of their older brothers or sisters.
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