POINT of VIEW. From whose perspective...?. 1st Person POV. I, me, my, we, our…. First person Narrator. Uses “I” Story is told from a main character’s POV. First person Narrator. Benefits : Readers see events from the perspective of an important character
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From whose perspective...?
--Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1850)
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
--Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”
--Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City (1984)
3rd Person POV: Omniscient
A poor man had twelve children and worked night and day just to get enough bread for them to eat. Now when the thirteenth came into the world, he did not know what to do and in his misery ran out onto the great highway to ask the first person he met to be godfather. The first to come along was God, and he already knew what it was that weighed on the man’s mind and said, “Poor man, I pity you. I will hold your child at the font and I will look after it and make it happy upon earth.”
3rd Person POV: Limited
--Elizabeth Graver, “The Boy Who Fell Forty Feet” (1993)
--Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery” (1948)
"You should have killed yourself last week," he said to the deaf man. The old man motioned with his finger. "A little more," he said. The waiter poured on into the glass so that the brandy slopped over and ran down the stem into the top saucer of the pile. "Thank you," the old man said. The waiter took the bottle back inside the cafe. He sat down at the table with his colleague again.
"He's drunk now," he said.
"He's drunk every night."
"What did he want to kill himself for?"
"How should I know."
"How did he do it?"
"He hung himself with a rope."
"Who cut him down?"
"Why did they do it?"
"Fear for his soul."
“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
by Ernest Hemingway
Remember, Point of View =
Who is telling the story and how much they contribute.