The character or observer who tells the story. The narrator. • A skilled author can suppress his own feelings and get across the feelings of the narrator in the story~ telling the story as the narrator would see it. • In persuasive writing, you may get to use your own point of view (opinion) in order to try to get your audience to believe or do something. Point of View
First Person* The narrator takes part in the story. * The author uses pronouns like I, me, and mine.
Second Person • You use the second person point of view to address the reader. • Use pronouns like you, your, yourself, yours. • Not a popular perspective. • Imperative form ~ a command ~ • For example: Before you go to London, leave your keys under the doormat. I will miss you. • Mrs. Webb’s book: You, Being Beautiful ~ by Roizen and Oz
Third Person * The narrator is not part of the story. The author uses pronouns like she, he him, her, they
Omniscient ~ All Knowing • The author knows everything about all of the characters and events in the story. • Example: John thought he could cheat Dave. Dave did not trust John. (The reader knows what both characters are thinking.)
Omniscient ~ Limited • The narrator sees into the minds of some, but not all of the characters in a text. • For example: John thought he could cheat Dave; but he could tell by the look in Dave’s eyes that Dave did not trust him.