POINT of VIEW. From whose perspective...?. Who should tell the story? And how might it be different according to the storyteller?. What is Point of View?.
From whose perspective...?
Who should tell the story? And how might it be different according to the storyteller?What is Point of View?
An automobile accident occurs. Two drivers are involved. Witnesses include four sidewalk spectators, a policeman, a man with a video camera who happened to be shooting the scene, and the pilot of a helicopter that was flying overhead.
POV = Identify the narrator
March of the Penguins
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of stuff, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”
--J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
--Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1850)
As the girl walked up the hill, she realized that the atmosphere was just too quiet.
The cardinal tipped his head back and drew breath to sing, but just as the first note passed his beak he heard the crack of a dead branch far below his perch high in the maple tree. Startled, he looked down, cocking his head to one side and watching with great interest while the man rattled the blades of grass as he tried to hide himself behind the tree.
As the man saw her start up the hill, he moved quickly into the shelter of the huge old maple tree. If she saw him now, everything would be ruined.
She thought she saw a shadow move high up on the slope, but when she looked again it was gone.
The man thought if he could stay hidden until she came within range, she'd have to talk to him. Wouldn't she?
The girl shuddered as she felt a silent threat pass over her. It felt like a cloud creeping over the sun.
--Elizabeth Graver, “The Boy Who Fell Forty Feet” (1993)
--Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery” (1948)
Remember, Point of View =
Who is telling the story and how much they contribute.