Point of View
In short fiction, who tells the story and how it is told are critical issues for an author to decide. The tone and feel of the story, and even its meaning, can change radically depending on who is telling the story.
We should remember that someone is always between the reader and the action of the story, that someone is telling the story from his or her own point of view. This angle of vision, the point of view from which the people, events, and details of a story are viewed, is important to consider when reading a story.
Here are some Questions we should Ask Ourselves when we Read a Story:
- Who is telling the story?
- How much does the narrator know?
- To what extent does the author reveal the inner thoughts and feelings of characters?
- What is the amount of time lapsed between event and telling: as events occur or after they occur (which is more likely)?
- Which are the mental processes of the narrator i.e. the attitude that underlies the telling, e.g. feminist, Marxist, existential?
- What are the narrator's character and behavior? For example, a narrator may be revealing a changed attitude through reflection or maturity as in a story of childhood told by an adult looking back, or story of loss of innocence told by the mature person.
- How does the point of view affect our responses to the characters?
- How is our response influenced by how much the narrator knows and how objective he or she is?
A- First Person
B- Third Person
An outside force without any clear identity tells the story [described elsewhere as like the eye of God]
Point of View
Focus of the lesson: character, conflict, and point of view
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