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Point of View in A Short Story. Objective Point of View. Writer tells what happens The narrator NEVER tells the reader anything about the character’s thoughts or feelings The narrator remains as a detached observer of the story. First Person Point of View.

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Objective point of view
Objective Point of View

  • Writer tells what happens

  • The narrator NEVER tells the reader anything about the character’s thoughts or feelings

  • The narrator remains as a detached observer of the story


First person point of view
First Person Point of View

  • Narrator is part of the action of the story

  • The reader should question the narrator’s account of the events


Third person point of view
Third Person Point of View

  • Narrator does not participate in the action of the story as a character

  • The narrator tells the reader how the characters think and feel

  • The reader learns about the characters through this outside voice

  • Two types of point of view: limited and omniscient


Third person limited
Third Person Limited

  • Narrator knowledge is limited to one character (either major or minor)

  • The story is limited to the one character who is telling the story


Third person omniscient
Third Person Omniscient

  • Third person narrator knows everything about all characters

  • The reader knows about the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story

  • Omniscient means all-knowing


A fiction reader thinks about
A fiction reader thinks about…

  • How does the point of view affect your responses to the characters?

  • How is your response influenced by how much the narrator knows?

  • How objective is the narrator?

  • First person narrators are not always trustworthy.

  • The reader should determine what is true and what is not.


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