Point of View

Point of view is the manner in which a story is narrated or depicted and who it is that tells the story. Simply put, the point of view determines the angle and perception of the story unfolding, and thus influences the tone in which the story takes place. The point of view is instrumental in manipulating the reader’s understanding of the narrative. In a way, the point of view can allow or withhold the reader access into the greater reaches of the story.

Two of the most common point of view techniques are the first person, wherein the story is told by the narrator from his or her standpoint and the third person wherein the narrator does not figure in the events of the story and tells the story by referring to all characters and places in the third person with third person pronouns and proper nouns.

In the popular Lord of the Rings book series, the stories are narrated in the third person and all happenings are described from an “outside the story” point of view. Contrastingly, in the popular teen book series, Princess Diaries, the story is told in the first person, by the protagonist herself.

9 thoughts on “Point of View”

  1. I am trying to learn how to write different POV’s for short stories. I am very new to writing and I fear I will embarrass myself messing POV up.

  2. An example of point of view in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is third person which is represented by Death.

  3. FIRST PERSON EXAMPLE: “I drove a car to work.”

    SECOND PERSON: “You drove a car to work.” (Think, ‘Choose your own adventure’ books)

    THIRD PERSON: “Bob drove a car to work.”

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