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Point of View. Survey Literature. Point of View defined. The angle of vision of the storyteller Who’s eyes are we seeing the story through? Is the narrator trustworthy? How much knowledge does the narrator have? Types of point of view First person Third Person limited

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Point of view

Point of View

Survey Literature


Point of view defined
Point of View defined

  • The angle of vision of the storyteller

    • Who’s eyes are we seeing the story through?

    • Is the narrator trustworthy?

    • How much knowledge does the narrator have?

  • Types of point of view

    • First person

    • Third Person limited

    • Third Person omniscient


First person
First Person

The narrator participates in the action of the story

May not be telling the truth

Question the trustworthiness of the narrator


Third person limited
Third Person Limited

The narrator does not participate in the action.

A limited narrator does not have knowledge of all of the characters’ feelings and thoughts.


Third person omniscient
Third Person Omniscient

A narrator who knows everything about all of the characters is omniscient.


How to identify point of view
How to identify point of view

Ask yourself the following questions:

Is the narrator a part of the plot?

How much does the narrator know?

Does he/she know everything about everyone?

If so, you have an omniscient narrator

If not, you have a limited narrator

Can you trust the narrator?

The narrator’s trustworthiness is essential to understanding the plot of the story, the tone of the piece, as well as the motivations of the characters.