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  • Authors can narrate a story from different points of view.

  • To learn what this means, let's consider different versions of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

  • Romeo was in Juliet's garden.

  • He was on the ground, and she was in the balcony.

  • They looked at each other for a long time.

  • This point of view is "third-person observant."

  • The narrator tells us what happens, but he does not tell us what Romeo and Juliet think and feel.

  • He is only an observer, like a camera.

  • Sometimes, though, the narrator tells us more:

  • when Romeo saw Juliet on the terrace above him, he thought she looked as beautiful as the sun.

  • This point of view is "third-person omniscient."

  • This narrator shares both what happens and what characters think and feel.

  • He is "all-knowing," like a god.

  • Finally, the narrator also can be a character in the story:

  • I looked up at the terrace and saw Juliet, my love, as beautiful as the sun, looking down on me.

  • This point of view is "first person."

  • Because the narrator is Romeo, he tells us what Romeo thinks and feels,

  • but he cannot know what other characters think and feel.

  • The narrator tells us only what Romeo experiences.

  • Which point of view works best for the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet?

Authors can narrate a story from different points of view.

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What is Point of View?

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    michelle posted on 2019/01/03
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