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Narrative Point of View

First, Second, Third Person (Limited/Omniscient) with examples
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Jennifer Monteleone

on 17 November 2013

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Transcript of Narrative Point of View

First Person Point of View
The narrator (storyteller) is within the story.
The narrator speaks directly to the reader about his or her thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
There are three points of view
in narrative writing...

First Person

Second Person

Third Person
Narrative Point of View
I can identify the narrator's
point of view
in a literary selection.
Second Person Point of View
Treats the reader as the main character in the story.
Usually used for explanatory articles and 'how-to' books.
Rarely seen in literature, but it is used.
Third Person Point of View
Told by a narrator who is NOt a part of the story.
Can be third person limited or third person omniscient.
Limited vs Omniscient
Omniscient:
all knowing
The narrator is able to read the minds of ALL characters in the story.

Limited:
does not know everything
The narrator is only able to read the mind of ONE character in the story.
I go first, you go second, she goes third.
Key Words:
I
me
my
us
we
As I walked up the hill, I realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet. There was no sound from the cardinal who was nearly always singing from the top of the maple tree. I thought I saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when I looked again it was gone. Still, I shuddered as I felt a silent threat pass over me like a cloud over the sun.
As you walk up the hill, you realize that the atmosphere's just too quiet. There's no sound from the cardinal you know is almost always singing from the top of the maple tree. You think you see a shadow move high up on the slope, but when you look again it's gone. You shudder as you feel a silent threat pass over you. You feel cold, like a cloud just passed over the sun.
Key Words
you
your
yours
Key Words
he
she
it
they
As she walked up the hill, she realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet. There was no sound from the cardinal who she so often heard singing from the top of the maple tree. She thought she saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when she looked again it was gone. Nevertheless, she shuddered as she felt a silent threat pass over her. It felt like a cloud creeping over the sun.
Limited
Hansel walked ahead of Gretel. Gretel dropped breadcrumbs behind her as she went, knowing that her bumbling brother couldn’t be counted on to find his way home from the outhouse, let alone from the middle of the woods. Ahead of them, an old witch waited.
Omniscient
Hansel walked ahead of Gretel; after all, he knew he belonged in the front because Gretel was just a girl. Gretel dropped breadcrumbs behind her as she went, knowing that her bumbling brother couldn’t be counted on to find his way home from the outhouse, let alone from the middle of the woods. Ahead of them, an old witch waited, her stomach rumbling at the thought of what a delicious dinner the two plump children would make.
Hansel walked ahead of Gretel. Gretel dropped breadcrumbs behind her as she went. Ahead of them, an old witch waited.
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