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WRIT 045 Who's Telling This Story, Anyway?
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point of view
In writing, the eyes through which a story is seen is called ________ ____ ________.
a point of view, not used in modern writing, that was used to keep the reader thinking along the correct lines - the author outright tells the reader what he/ she is supposed to think
ex. "Gentle reader, don't despair. All will turn out well in the end. Now, back to Little Nell, tied to the railroad tracks."
a point of view in which the story is told from the perspective of one of the characters/ viewers; this utilizes pronouns such as "I" and "we"
ex. "The Birthday Party"
________ person point of view has the advantages of believability and reader identification with the narrator.
true (disadvantage of first person POV)
T/F - In the first person point of view, the reader is unaware of any events that happen without the main story-telling character observing them.
false (not being able to read the other character's thoughts is a disadvantage of first person POV)
T/F - If you use first person point of view, you can read the thoughts of other characters in the story.
speaker (the narrating character looks more at the other characters than him/ herself, therefore it is easy for them to become more of a camera than an individual)
A disadvantage to using first person point of view is that the reader may never see the ___________ clearly.
T/F- The worst thing about the first person point of view is that it's too much about "I."
false (It's true that you don't see the narrator as much as you see other characters, but it isn't true that you don't get to know him or her.)
T/F - One problem with the first person point of view is that you never really get to know the narrator.
in this point of view, the speaker is someone "outside" of the story, and is not a character/ this utilizes the pronouns "he," "she, " and "they"
ex. "Difficult People"
third person limited (third person assigned)
in this point of view, the third person narration is limited to the immediate vicinity of one character/ none of the action takes place away from the character who is assigned focus
Third person limited point of view maintains ____________, like first person, but with less intensity and with a better view of the character focused on.
false (the thoughts of the assigned character may be revealed, but no other character's thoughts are)
T/F - In third person limited point of view, the thoughts of all characters are revealed.
One disadvantage of third person limited point of view is that the reader may not feel as ________ to the character because we don't see the story through his/her eyes.
true (when we stay with a character all of the time, there is good believability and a better view of the character than there is in first person )
T/F - Compared to the first person point of view, an advantage of the third person limited point of view is maintaining good believability without the narrator becoming a "floating eye".
false (the main character doesn't have to be the narrator in any of the points of view)
T/F - With the third person limited point of view in the example above, where the assigned character is Paul, the reader is bound to come out knowing Paul better than Ruth or Tommy.
third person multiple
a point of view in which the viewpoint moves around to any character/this is quite popular in modern novels
true (as long as the viewpoint is on a character, we are able to see their actions and thoughts)
T/F - In third person multiple point of view, we not only are able to see the actions of all characters, but their thoughts as well.
narrator (psychologically, this leads to the reader not becoming attached to the characters)
A disadvantage of third person multiple point of view is that there is no real __________ to identify with.
T/F - Compared to the first person point of view, there's less identification with the narrator on the part of the reader under the third person viewpoint.
third person objective
this type of third person point of view allows the viewpoint to move to any and all characters, but cannot reveal their thoughts or look into their minds/ this only describes what happens without explaining the thought behind it
First person POV and third person objective POV are similar in that the reader is unaware of the character's __________.
One advantage to third person __________ point of view is that it is more believable because it does not peer into thoughts.
Some disadvantages to third person objective point of view are that it is difficult to establish a ___________, and that there is no real narrator to identify with.
third person multiple
In that it can move to any and all characters, the third person objective point of view is most like which of the following?
- first person
- third person limited
- third person multiple
In real life, we can't read thoughts.
Which of the following is the best reason why believability suffers when thoughts are read by an author?
- Nobody likes their minds read.
- In real life, we can't read thoughts.
- If it's done skillfully, there's no problem.
third person omniscient
this type of third person point of view is similar to multiple, but goes beyond it, jumping from character to character and into their thoughts quickly/ this is often too difficult for rookie writers
point of view
Selecting a ________ ___ ________ is one of the most vital decisions an author will make about the story. An author must weigh the strengths and benefits of each viewpoint and determine what he/she wants to convey or focus on in a story.
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