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Point of View

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on 7 October 2013

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Point of View Second Person The narrator uses second person pronouns such as “you” or “your;” often used for instructions .

Ex: "The problem is, for some reason you think you are going to meet the the kind of girl who is not the kind of girl who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning." (McInerney 5). First Person The narrator uses first person pronouns such as “I” and “my” or “we” and “our” and is most often a character in the story.


Ex: "When I look at the Abnegation lifestyle as an outsider, I think it's beautiful... when I see Caleb help strangers carry their groceries, I fall in love with this life all over again" (Roth 24). Point of View The narrator’s position in
relation to the story being told Third Person Objective The narrator uses third person pronouns such as “he” and “she” or “his” and “hers,” and reveals none of the characters thoughts or feelings. Characters’ thoughts or feelings may still be revealed through dialogue or actions.

Ex: "The night before the lottery, Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves made up the slips of paper and put them in the box, and it was then taken to the safe of Mr. Summers' coal company and locked up until Mr. Summers was ready to take it to the square next morning" (Jackson 2). Third Person Limited The narrator uses third person pronouns such as “he” and “she” or “his” and “hers,” and reveals thoughts and feelings of one character.

Ex: " She hears drizzle brush the windows, a steady soothing sound. The gray morning has seeped through the miniblinds into the room. But she doesn't mind. Somehow, to her, the gloominess feels right. Perfect" (Effaw 1). Third Person Omniscient The narrator uses third person pronouns such as “he” and “she” or “his” and “hers,” and reveals the thoughts and feelings of more than one character.


Ex: "Her sons went to their separate rooms, glad that they were not being forced to share, after all. Within a few moments the house was as quiet and restful as it had been before the interruption, and Morris the cat, realizing the fridge would not be opened just yet, curled up in a carton of cleaning rags beside it, and went to sleep too" (Mahy 20). Five Types:
First Person
Second Person
Third Person Objective
Third Person Limited
Third Person Omniscient Questions to Consider: Who is the narrator?
What type of pronouns are used?
Whose thoughts and feelings are revealed? "Harry heard her walking toward the kitchen and then the sound of the frying pan being put on the stove. He rolled onto his back and tried to remember the dream he had been having. It had been a good one. There had been a flying motorcycle in it. He had a funny feeling he'd had the same dream before" (Rowling 19). "In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, butter, egg white, applesauce and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. " "The rules took a while to sort out. Lena and Carmen wanted to focus on friendship-type rules, stuff about keeping in touch with one another over the summer, and making sure the Pants kept moving from one girl to the next. Tibby preferred to focus on random things you could and couldn't do in the Pants - like picking your nose. Bridget had the idea of inscribing the Pants with memories of the summer once they were all together again" (Brashares 21). "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, for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way" (Alcott 1). "When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim's warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping" (Collins 3).
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