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Point of view

Point of View

1st person narrative

2nd person narrative

3rd person narrative

- 3rd person omniscient

- 3rd person limited

- 3rd person objective

1 st person narrative

1st person narrative


I watched my tribe dance around the roaring fire pit. I know that we were suppose to be celebrating our victory on beating the white men from our area, but I did not feel as much satisfaction as the others. They think that this will be the end, but I fear that there is much more blood shed to be spilled.

Uses I and me.

Allows writer to get into the characters head and thoughts.

Senses of the main character can be extremely detailed.

2 nd person narrative

  • Uses you and addresses the reader specifically.

  • Often uses a build your own adventure type of story. Allows the reader to choose different options on where the story leads.

  • Similar to 1st person narrative in ways of detail in senses and getting into the thoughts of the character.

2nd person narrative


You watched your tribes men and women dancing around the roaring fire in the dark of night. The stars were shining brightly down as if the Gods were agreeing on your festivities. You looked into the fire and could still see the burning skull of a little boy that you killed when the white men attacked you and your tribe.

3 rd person narrative

3rd person narrative

Three types of 3rd person narratives.

- 3rd person omniscient

- 3rd person limited omniscient

- 3rd person objective

3 rd person omniscient

  • With 3rd person omniscient, there is more flexibility in ways of what characters are doing.

  • Omniscient means all knowing.

    • You can play with different times and eras.

    • Know different characters thoughts and feelings.

    • Omniscient narrator can know the past or future.

    • The omniscient narrator can be in one place and then jump to another in the fraction of a space break.

    • Variety of options.


In the middle of the vast flat plains of Arizona, a roaring fire was a blaze with a Navajo clan changing and dancing in festivities. On this dark night, only stars could be seen for miles. The chief sat cross-legged next to his decorative wife, Chinoba.

3rd person omniscient

3 rd person limited omniscient

  • Less flexibility with the characters.

  • Limited to one character’s thoughts, feelings, etc.

  • The narrator can know everything about one character, but only one character, not any others.

  • This can leave an unreliable narrator because they only know about the one person in the story.


Chinoba looked around in disdain at the festivities at hand. She glanced at her husband who had a small, tight smile on his lips. She moved her gaze back to the fire, only to see the little boy’s skull still burning. She hated the war between the white men and her tribe. She wished that some time in the near future she may be able to help settle this fighting between her people and the white men.

3rd person limited omniscient.

3 rd person objective

3rd person objective


On the open plains of Arizona, a fire rose into the night. A native American tribe was dancing around a large fire pit. There were loud noises coming from the natives. They all wore decorative head bands, dawned with bones and feathers.

States only the facts and what is happening with the characters.

Narrator cannot go into any of the character’s heads.

Can play out detailed scenes but is unable to get any emotion from characters.

Your turn

Now you try to make up your own paragraph of each narrative. Once you finish, get into pairs and share and discus your writing.

For Homework, go onto my Yola page, click on the Penzu link and write what you came up with and print it out for next days class to hand in.

Your turn!!