Point of View

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From “The Ultimate Point of View Guide: Third Person Omniscient vs. Third Person Limited vs. First Person” by Joe Bunting


Point of view is “the vantage point from which an author presents a story. If the author serves as a seemingly all-knowing maker, the point of view is called omniscient. At the other extreme, a character in the story—major, minor, or marginal—may tell the story as he or she experienced it. Such a character is usually called a first-person narrator; if the character does not comprehend the implications of what is told, the character is called a naïve narrator. The author may tell the story in the third person and yet present it as it is seen and understood by a single character, restricting information to what the character sees, hears, feels, and thinks; such a point of view is said to be limited.”

A Handbook to Literature, 11th edition, by William Harmon

Theme Tone Voice Conflict Point of View Figurative Language Characterization Setting Plot