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Chapter 5. Narration. Reading Like a Writer By: Francine Prose . Created by: Raven-Simone Shaw. Identifying the narrator through…. Point-of-view Personalities Language. Point of View. First Person Second Person Third Person Rule: Stick to one point of view .

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Chapter 5 narration

Chapter 5. Narration

Reading Like a Writer

By: Francine Prose

Created by: Raven-Simone Shaw


Identifying the narrator through
Identifying the narrator through…

  • Point-of-view

  • Personalities

  • Language


Point of view
Point of View

  • First Person

  • Second Person

  • Third Person

    • Rule: Stick to one point of view.

    • Shifts from present tense to past tense.

    • Prospective can also shift along with the grammatical tense.


Point of view1
Point of View

  • First Person

    • Major point of view

    • When using “we” it refer to the narrator and another character.

    • Pronoun: one → I

    • Memoir


Point of view2
Point of View

  • Second Person

    • “you” (“reader in general” p. 95)

    • Use as style for content

    • When using second person the “you” is a way to make the reader listen.

    • Type of stories:

      • Dating advise

      • Commiseration

      • Fiction


Point of view3
Point of View

  • Third Person

    • Major point of view

    • Pronouns- he/she

    • The rule for point of view extend the third person narrative.

    • There are learning limitations about the narrator when characters refer to “another character and I”.


Language
Language

  • The usage of vocabulary reflects on the education the narrator have in the story.

  • The language creates interest and a vision.

  • Using pronouns help identify the narrator.


Language cont
Language cont...

  • The voice of the character also helps identify the narrator by using diction and creates urgency.

  • Specificity details of the narrator.

  • Compulsion words the narrator use are : always, particularly, true, certainly, and absolutely.


Personalities
Personalities

  • The tone reflect back on the personality in a first or third person narrative.

  • Omniscient – having a complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding.


Work cited
Work Cited

Foster, Thomas C.. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2003. Print.


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