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					   Point of view is the way a story gets told
    and who tells it.

   In short stories and novels, the narrator is
    the “voice” that tells the story.
   1. First Person POV:
    › the narrator is a character within the story
    › the narrator speaks “I”


   Ex: “I was so tired this morning that I
    forgot to brush my teeth.”
   2. Second Person POV:
    › the narrator is a character within the story
    › the narrator speaks “you”
    › not very common


   Ex: “My friend Natalie can't see the point in you, baby of
    mine. She says that all you do is burp, fart, dribble, grin
    and emit a series if weird noises. Admittedly she hasn't
    seen you at your best, but I still think that's a little harsh.”
   3. Third Person Limited POV
    › The narrator is not a character in the story, but
      seems to stand right outside of it
    › The narrator speaks names, “he, she, they”,
      etc.
    › The narrator can only relate the thoughts of
      one character

   Ex: “Randall thought that his grandfather should eat
    something other than applesauce and raisins for
    breakfast.”
   4. Third Person Omniscient POV
    › The narrator is not a character in the story, but seems
       to stand right outside of it
    › The narrator speaks names, “he, she, they”, etc.
    › The narrator can relate the thoughts of every
       character. (Omniscient = all-knowing)

   Ex: “Randall Jensen thought that his grandfather should eat
    something other than applesauce and raisins for breakfast.
    Little did he know that Mr. Jensen had eaten applesauce
    and raisins for breakfast the day he met Adelaide, Randall’s
    grandma. Considering it his lucky meal, he had eaten it ever
    since.”
Authors sometimes choose to create an
 unreliable narrator, who gives wrong
 information, twisted information, or
 leaves information out.
   The POV of a story determines how a
    reader receives the story.

   Authors choose POV very carefully; it is
    our job to understand why.
1)   Find a partner nearby.

2)   One person come up to get
     a white board and a pen.

3)   Write your answer to the
     question on the board
     without letting other groups
     see.

4)   Hold up your board when I
     tell you to do so.
The scene:



A big car accident. One driver was
badly hurt and got taken from the scene
in an ambulance.
News reporter:

“The crash happened at 4:23pm this afternoon. The driver
of the hit car was rushed to the hospital with severe
injuries, while the driver of the semi-truck that hit her
remains unscathed. The truck driver told police that he
feels absolutely horrible and does not think that he will
drive for some time.”



 ANSWER: Third-person limited.
Truck driver:

“I did not see the small Mini-Cooper in the lane next to
me; she was in my blind spot. Wanting to change lanes, I
accelerated, and I did so right in to Ms. Jones. I cannot
believe my mistake, and I am going to hang up my driving
hat for awhile. This has shaken me up immensely. ”




 ANSWER: First Person.
Mother of Mini-Cooper driver, at the hospital:

“You were completely unconscious when they put you in
the ambulance. You stayed that way until just minutes
ago. The ambulance paramedics saved your life,
daughter of mine!”




 ANSWER: Second person.
Narrator:

Just after 4:15, Jessica Jones was scooting down the
freeway in her red Mini-Cooper, on her way to her best
friend’s house. She was so excited to see Tanesha for the
weekend. At the same time, Mr. Dan Dudley was driving
his produce truck on the last leg of his work week. He, too,
was excited for the weekend—his son’s first baseball
game was the next day. Unfortunately, the weekend did
not turn out how either Jessica or Dan had hoped…



 ANSWER: Third person omniscient.

				
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