Docstoc

Point of View

Document Sample
Point of View Powered By Docstoc
					 POINT OF VIEW


    First
  Second
Third-Person
                Consider…

• Two cars have just gotten into an accident.
  The wreckage is apparent. There is a
  sixteen-year-old female sitting beside her
  smashed up BMW. Beside her a confused
  eighty-five year old man steps out of his
  Buick Sentry. Neither is accepting the
  blame. You, a reporter, are the first to arrive
  on the scene. With a partner brainstorm a
  list of potential interviewees and stories that
  might explain the evidence.
        Car Accident cont…
• Just as you might have discovered from
  the activity, there are several different
  perspectives from which a story could be
  told.
• For example, the driver of the BMW, the
  driver of the Buick Sentry, any witnesses
  to the scene, and/or the police officer sent
  to report the crime are all potential
  perspectives to consider.
I’ll Knock Your House Down…

• Remember the story of The Three Little Pigs?
  Who can recount the story for the entire
  class?
• Now raise your hand if you remember The
  True Story of The Three Little Pigs. Who can
  recount the story for the entire class?
He Huffed and He Puffed and…
         • From which perspective
           was each story written?
         • How does perspective
           influence the story being
           told?
         • How does this relate to
           stories that we read in
           class?
       Let’s Get to the “Point”
• In much the same way, writers use
  different points of view to tell their stories.

• There are three primary types in literature:
  – First person
  – Third person limited
  – Third person omniscient
     First Person Point of View
• In first person the
  narrator is part of the
  story.
• They recount events
  from their
  perspective and
  observation point.
• They use “I” and
  “me.”
        Third Person Limited
• In third person limited point of view the
  narrator is NOT part of the story.
• They use pronouns such as “they” and
  “he” and “she.”
• They CAN only see inside the thoughts
  and attitudes of ONE or a LIMITED
  number of characters.
      Third Person Omniscient
• In third person omniscient point of view, the
  narrator is NOT a part of the story.
• They use pronouns such as “he,” “she,” and
  “they.”
• They CAN see inside the thoughts and
  attitudes of ALL characters because they are
  “all-knowing.”
What happened to second person?
• Occasionally an author will employ second
  person point of view. However, this is a rarity.
• In these cases, “you” is used as the narrator
  literally speaks to the reader.
• An example of second-person would be a
  Choose Your Own Adventure story.
Let’s Try it Out!
   • Read the following examples and
     determine whether first, second,
     third person limited or omniscient
     are being used.

   • "I could picture it. I have a rotten
     habit of [wondering about] my
     friends. We went out to the Cafe
     Napolitain to have an aperitif and
     watch the evening crowd on the
     Boulevard" (Hemingway,The Sun
     Also Rises).
                       #2

• "Decide that you like college life. In your dorm
  you meet many nice people. Some are smarter
  than you. And some, you notice, are dumber
  than you. You will continue, unfortunately, to
  view the world in exactly these terms for the
  rest of your life" (Moore, “How to Become a
  Writer”).
                      #3

• Murgatroyd met
  Madeline on New Year's
  Eve in 2002. He went to
  a party and she opened
  the door. Her hair! Only
  a goddess could have
  hair so fine.
                         #4
• Murgatroyd met Madeline
  on New Year's Eve in
  2002. He went to a party
  and she opened the door.
  Her hair! Only a goddess
  could have hair so fine.
  Madeline could not help
  thinking about him from
  the moment she saw him.
  His charming character
  drew her to follow him
  around the room.
              Answer Key
• If you put them in order, you were right.
  – First Person
  – Second Person
  – Third Person Limited
  – Third Person Omniscient

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:3
posted:9/6/2011
language:English
pages:15