Narrative Viewpoint - Quiz
Terms in this set (15)
I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us, our, ours, ourselves
you; your; yours; yourself, yourselves
he, she, it; his, her(s), its; him, her, it; himself, herself, itself, they; them; their(s); themselves
The narrator sees and knows all, and can describe as well as analyze the thoughts and emotions of any character. Such a narrator is a god, and has control over the chronology of the story, moving backward or forward in time to present back-story or to inform the reader of future outcomes.
The narrator is an observer, a "fly on the wall," but cannot enter into the minds of the other characters except in a speculative way. Such a narrator is trapped by the chronology and immediacy of the story, like a reporter "on the scene" of an event transpiring.
A narrator of a subjective point of view (also known as "limited omniscience") knows everything about a single character only, and sees the story through the eyes of that character.
This narrative point of view is a hybridized version of omniscient and subjective p. o. v. The narrator is omniscient from a subjective perspective, meaning that the omniscient narrator has the power to jump from one subjective viewpoint to the next--from one character to the next--and experience the same story in different narrative episodes. (This method is used more commonly in novels than in short stories.)
Omniscient 1st person
The storyteller is, both, a central ego in the story and has godlike abilities to move in and out of time, place, and character consciousness. PERSON
Omniscient 3rd person
The storyteller is a disconnected, disembodied voice--a floating consciousness that approximates the reader's own consciousness PERSON
Objective 1st person
The storyteller is like a reporter who is in the story, but not of the story: an invisible eyeball, self-aware but removed from the events being described. PERSON
Objective 3rd person
The objective storytelling voice is best suited to third-person, since the removal of ego assures the removal of bias from the storytelling. The storyteller relays the facts as they are and does not attempt to act upon them or extrapolate on their significance. PERSON
Subjective 1st person
This is the most practical and, for most writers as well as readers, the most enjoyable way to convey a first-person point of view. The subjective experiences of the "I" are part of the storytelling, as the reader meanwhile discovers how much to trust the subjective viewpoint. PERSON
Subjective 3rd person
As with the first-person subjectivity (or, limited omniscience) in the third-person narrator allows the reader to become one of the characters and compare that character's perspective with his or her own. The main difference, however, is that the third-person narrator is a "bridge" between the reader and the character. PERSON
Episodically limited 1st person
Except for fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres, in which the "I" can conceivably occupy the bodies of other characters, this method is not used with the first-person p. o. v. PERSON
Episodically limited 3rd person
The narrative technique is tailor made for third-person narration, in which the disembodied narrator slips in and out of the viewpoints of different characters. Preferable for longer stories and novels, where the writer can take her time to develop multiple viewpoints. PERSON
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