Point of View. Survey Literature. Point of View defined. The angle of vision of the storyteller Who’s eyes are we seeing the story through? Is the narrator trustworthy? How much knowledge does the narrator have? Types of point of view First person Third Person limited
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The narrator participates in the action of the story
May not be telling the truth
Question the trustworthiness of the narrator
The narrator does not participate in the action.
A limited narrator does not have knowledge of all of the characters’ feelings and thoughts.
A narrator who knows everything about all of the characters is omniscient.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Is the narrator a part of the plot?
How much does the narrator know?
Does he/she know everything about everyone?
If so, you have an omniscient narrator
If not, you have a limited narrator
Can you trust the narrator?
The narrator’s trustworthiness is essential to understanding the plot of the story, the tone of the piece, as well as the motivations of the characters.