Point of View. The angle of vision from which a story is told. To uncover the type of point of view, answer these three questions: 1. Who is the narrator? 2. What part does the narrator play in the story? 3. What are the limits of the narrator’s knowledge of characters’ thoughts and feelings?.
Point of View
The angle of vision from which a story is told.
To uncover the type of point of view, answer these three questions:
1. Who is the narrator?
2. What part does the narrator play in the story?
3. What are the limits of the narrator’s knowledge of characters’ thoughts and feelings?
The voice or character who is telling the story.
The narrator of a story isnot the author! The author “creates” the narrator
The type of narrator chosen is deliberate; it affects the meaning of the entire story.
Changing the narrator changes the point of view, which can greatly impact the story.
Types of Point-of-View
There are two types:
Types of 3rd Person Narrator:
Objective 3rd Person
The narrator knows nothing about what other characters are thinking or feeling. The narrator merely describes what others say and do. Think of a surveillance camera.
The narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of only one character but not the others.
Omniscient 3rd Person
Narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all characters and can freely tell us everything.
Special Types of Narrators
Naïve or Innocent Narrator—a narrator that fails to understand all of the implications in a story.
Unreliable Narrator—story is told by a person who is deceptive, deluded, deranged, or has reasons to distort the truth.
What type of point of view does Something Wicked This Way Comes use? How do you know?
How would the story be different if it were in another point of view? Why?
Pick a key scene from Something Wicked This Way Comes that involves Mr. Dark. Re-tell the scene from his point of view (first person). So you will pretend to BE Mr. Dark and explain your thoughts/feelings about what is going on and the other characters.
Ch. 18, Will and Jim meet Mr. Dark
Ch. 24, Mr. Dark reveals Mr. Electrico
Ch. 35, Mr. Dark meets Mr. Halloway
You re-telling of the scene should be about 3 paragraphs long and involve:
Mr. Dark’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations, as well as what happens in the scene.