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Teaching Point of View

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Dana Linde

on 24 October 2016

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Transcript of Teaching Point of View

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.
The movie "Vantage Point" illustrates how narration will be altered depending on who is doing the retelling of the events witnessed
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 two most common types of third person narration are 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.
Here's another example of how point of view can affect our impressions of the story.
We all grew up watching "Sleeping Beauty."
Who do you think was the villain of the story?
How did your feelings change once you saw "Maleficent"?
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