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Narration / Point of View. Who is telling the story?. Point of View (POV) = is the voice that tells a story There are FOUR basic types of Point of View . FIRST PERSON – major character. Main character tells the story Uses “I”. EXAMPLE.

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Narration point of view

Narration/Point of View

Who is telling the story?


  • Point of View (POV) = is the voice that tells a story

  • There are FOUR basic types of Point of View


First person major character
FIRST PERSON – major character

  • Main character tells the story

  • Uses “I”


Example
EXAMPLE

As I walked up the hill, I realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet. There was no sound from the cardinal who was nearly always singing from the top of the maple tree. I thought I saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when I looked again it was gone. Still, I shuddered as I felt a silent threat pass over me like a cloud over the sun.


First person minor character
FIRST PERSON – minor character

  • Minor character tells the story

  • Uses “I”


Example1
EXAMPLE

I tipped my head back and drew breath to sing, but just as the first note passed my beak I heard the crack of a dead branch far below my perch high in the maple tree. Startled, I looked down, cocking my head to one side and watching with great interest while the man rattled the blades of grass as he tried to hide himself behind the tree and a girl walked up the hill.


Third person limited
THIRD PERSON – limited

  • A narrator tells the story

  • Does not use “I”, but “he”, “she”, “they”

  • Single perspective – thoughts and feelings of only one character are revealed


Example2
EXAMPLE

As she walked up the hill, she realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet. There was no sound from the cardinal who she so often heard singing from the top of the maple tree. She thought she saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when she looked again it was gone. Nevertheless, she shuddered as she felt a silent threat pass over her. It felt like a cloud creeping over the sun.


Third person omniscient all knowing
THIRD PERSON – omniscient (all-knowing)

  • A narrator tells the story

  • Does not use “I”, but “he”, “she”, etc.

  • Multiple perspectives – thoughts and feelings of numerous characters may be revealed


Example3
EXAMPLE

As the girl walked up the hill, she realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet.

The cardinal tipped his head back and drew breath to sing, but just as the first note passed his beak he heard the crack of a dead branch far below his perch high in the maple tree. Startled, he looked down, cocking his head to one side and watching with great interest while the man rattled the blades of grass as he tried to hide himself behind the tree.

            As the man saw her start up the hill, he moved quickly into the shelter of the huge old maple tree. If she saw him now, everything would be ruined.

            She thought she saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when she looked again it was gone.

            The man thought if he could stay hidden until she came within range, she'd have to talk to him. Wouldn't she?

            The girl shuddered as she felt a silent threat pass over her. It felt like a cloud creeping over the sun.


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