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Point of View

Definition,kinds of point of view, and assignment.

Adam Griffin

on 20 September 2012

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

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.

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

is that of an outsider looking at the action.

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.

in which the thoughts of every character are opened to the readers

in which the readers enter only one character's mind, either throughout the entire work or in specific section.
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.
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?
Page One - Write 3 paragraphs telling the same story from the point of view of the woman.
Page Two - Write 3 paragraphs retelling the same story from the point of view of the "best friend," the husband.
RUBRIC (20pts.)
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
PoV Assignment
long black veil
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