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Third Person Perspective

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Bob Stevenson

on 17 March 2014

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Transcript of Third Person Perspective

The narrator portrays only what can be seen or heard, not what takes place inside a character's mind. It is the opposite of the last two perspective types. Characters can say what they are feeling, but the narrator cannot, so the story is only a pure retelling of events.
The third person point of view in writing allows the reader to understand plot and everything in story through an overhead view. It can display the conflicts and complications in a manner that is much more clearer than first person, giving the reader a "full picture".
Why is third person perspective important in today's writing?
Many books are written in third person such as Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
Some people prefer Third person point of view because it's easier to understand in the
respects of character development.
The third person point of view is when the narrator is speaking to a audience from an outside perspective.

Third person person point of view is split into 3 different types; third person objective, third person omniscient, and third person limited

What is 3rd person?
What exists other than third person?
What's the difference??
Third person perspective isn't the only perspective that stories can be written in. They can also be written in first and second person point of view as well.

Although these types of perspectives are all different, some people still have a hard time telling which one is which.

By Tarun and Taylor
3rd Person Perspective
First person perspective comes from the point of view of a character in the story. For all you gamers, it's kind of like a first person shooter, where you are seeing everything that the character goes through.

The storyteller shows only what one character thinks or feels. The story is told from 3rd perspective, but with an insight to the mind of only one character. So it's as if you are looking over the shoulder of one of the characters.
It is similar to limited omniscient, however it reveals the minds of all the characters. Although the story is still told from 3rd person, you can now look over everyone's shoulder!
Second person perspective is when the author tells you what you are doing in the novel, as if they are controlling your every move. Especially in those "choose your own adventure" books, which always ended up you dying horribly.
Jane walked down the hallway. She stopped and looked at the janitor.

"Hello," I said. "It's nice to see you again."
Example of an Error
Jane walked down the hallway. She stopped and looked at the janitor.

said. "It's nice to see you again."
The writer mixed up 3rd and 1st person perspective, making the writing very confusing to the reader about who was speaking.
Limited omniscient
Correction of the Error
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