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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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