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Point of View

Definition,kinds of point of view, and assignment.
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Adam Griffin

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Point of View

FIRST-PERSON VIEW

is used when a character narrates the story with "I-me-my-mine" in his or her speech.
DEFINITION

Point of view is the angle or vantage point from which events are presented.
Point of view is the way the author allows you to "see" and "hear" what's going on.
SECOND-PERSON VIEW

in which the author uses "you" and "your" is rare;
author seldom speak directly to the readers.
THIRD-PERSON VIEW

is that of an outsider looking at the action.
"OBJECTIVE" NARRATION

Third-person narrators can remain entirely outside the characters' minds.
They use an objective point of view to record the action as a camera would.
THIRD-PERSON OMNISCIENT

in which the thoughts of every character are opened to the readers
THIRD-PERSON LIMITED

in which the readers enter only one character's mind, either throughout the entire work or in specific section.
PREDICTION:
A man is accused of a murder that he
did not commit. He has an alibi that
would prove his innocence. For some reason he refuses to reveal where he was at the time of the murder and so he is convicted and put to death.

Write a 5 sentence paragraph predicting why he chose to die rather than reveal where he was when the murder
occurred. Email or turn in your
prediction in the next 5 minutes.
Ten years ago on a cold dark night,
someone was killed 'neath the town hall lights.
There were few at the scene, but they all agreed,
that the man who ran looked a lot like me.

Chorus ~ She walks these hills, in a long black veil.
She visits my grave, when the night winds wail.
Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows, but me

The Judge said son, what is your alibi,
if you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die.
I spoke not a word, though it meant my life,
for i'd been in the arms of my best friends wife.

Now the scaffold is high, and eternity's near.
She stood in the crowd, and shed not a tear.
But some times at night, when the cold wind moans
In a long black veil, she cries over my bones
Is the song written in 1st, 2nd or
3rd person point of view?

From whose point of view is
this story told?

How would changing the point of
view change the story? The tone?
the mood? The details?

Who would you empathize with if
this was an objective news story?

Did you even consider the fact that
the murderer got away? Or were
you too wrapped up in the details?
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
PoV Assignment
long black veil
POINT
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VIEW

Discuss:
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