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3RD Person POV • Biggest range of closeness (intimate) to distance (objective) • Best genres to use this: academic writing, poetry, & fiction • 3 Types: (next slide)
Three Types of 3rd Person POV • omniscient (godlike)—may know ANYthing about anyone & everything; tells the reader what to think & feel (details felt “told,” rather than “shown”); the BIG picture • limited omniscient—may know anything about 1 or 2 charac. (including know their minds); limited knowledge that goes deep • objective—just the facts and from the perspective of only one person observing the scene
Try This 3.7 in Journals • Take any passage you have written in the first person and recast it in the objective voice. Try to reveal the thoughts and feelings of the original through speech, gesture, action, and image. (Hint: For objective voice, think news reporter—NO personal involvement in the action)
Distance • How close or far away you want your readers to feel from the narrator/author/characters • Examples: next slide
Examples from The Art of Fiction (same scene, different levels of distance) • It was winter of the year 1853. A large man stepped out of a doorway. • Henry J. Warburton had never cared much for snowstorms. • Henry hated snowstorms. • Snow. Under your collar, down inside our shoes, freezing and plugging up your miserable soul.
Scene Transformation • Think of a scene to describe. Briefly sketch out its details. • Then write 4 versions of it, starting from the most distant (objective, 3rd person POV) to the most intimate (could be 1st or 2nd person POV). Each version should feel less distant than the one before it.