2 First-Person Point of View: A first-person point of view means that one of the characters is telling the story.First-person pronouns such as I, me, and my are usedin narration.*Advantage: The thoughts and feelings of the charactertelling the story can clearly be seen.*Disadvantage: Since the story is told through oneperson’s eyes, it is difficult to know the feelings andemotions of other characters, unless they are stated indialogue.
3 Example One: My head started to swim as I thought of the possibility that my friend might be the thief. “Why wouldyou do it?” I asked, my voice cracking.Example Two: As I was walking down the street, I stoppeddead in my tracks. There in front of me was a twenty-dollarbill lying on the ground. I looked around to see if I couldspot the person who had dropped the bill. No one wasaround. I bent and picked-up the bill. “What should I do?”I said aloud.
4 Third-Person Point of View: Story is told by an outside observer or character who is not involved in the story.Third-person pronouns such as him, he, she, and herare used in narration.First-person pronouns are only used in direct quotations.*Advantage – The writer can include different viewpointsand often seems to know everything about the characters,setting, and plot.*Disadvantage – Your narrator cannot be one of thecharacters.
5 Example One: The doctor’s head started to swim as he thought of the possibility that his friend might be the thief.“Why would you do it?” he asked, his voice cracking.Example Two: As Jim was walking down the street, hestopped dead in his tracks. There in front of him wasa twenty-dollar bill lying on the ground. Jim looked aroundto see if he could spot the person who had dropped the bill.No one was around. He bent and picked-up the bill.“What should I do,” he said aloud.
6 Definition: A method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story,as opposed to third person limited, which adheres closely to onecharacter's perspective.Examples:In Anna Karenina, which is written in the third person omniscient,the story is told by an all-knowing narrator, allowing us to see theworld through the eyes of many characters, not just Anna's.
7 NoteThird person omniscient uses pronouns such as he, she, it, orthe name of the character. The narrator is an outsider looking inWho does not participate in the action of the story. The narratorknows all, sees all, and reports all. They know the thoughts andemotions of the characters.Third person limited is the same as omniscient except the narratoronly knows the thoughts and emotions of one, sometimes two,characters. The narrator is limited, hence the name.