Contributed by: Emiliene Alemkeng
A Point of view is the tool a writer uses to permit its readers or audience to feel, hear in order to partake in their story. Before drafting a story, we enumerate and choose the proper point of view that suits our story because the point of view we choose determines the part of action we want our audience to see and what emotions we want them to feel. However, below are the various points of view in literature.
The first person point of view
In this point of view, the author uses one of its characters in narrating his story. In this narrator choice, I, ME and WE are used to narrate the story. In most cases, these stories are autobiographies so the author will want its readers to feel the emotions of a particular character and its entourages.
The second person point of view
This particular point of view is not often used perhaps due to its limitations. It limits the storyteller to the use of YOU and nothing more.
The third person point of view
In the third person point of view, the narrator is considered as someone out of the story that is off course the author of the story. The author exposes the feelings and doings of all its characters to its audience and the only persons that are not aware of each other’s plans and feelings are the characters in the story.
The third person point of view is further divided in to three parts:
–The objective third person: It reveals nothing or knows nothing about the characters’ feelings.
_The limited third person: It reveals just the internal thoughts of its characters.
_The omniscient third person point of view: The narrator knows and exposes all thoughts, feelings and ideas of all its characters without any exception making the readers more aware of the plot.
The point of view is important because it filters everything in the story. Everything in a story has to come from a point of view which means if you get it wrong the entire story will be damaged.
Edited by: Jenifer Nesi