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Chapter 13. Tell Me a Story: Narration > Narrative Building Blocks - Pg. 147

Tell Me a Story: Narration 147 I Spy: Point of View In narration, the point of view is controlled by the grammatical person in which an author chooses to write. You have three choices: first-person point of view, third-person omniscient point of view, and third-person limited point of view. Here's the run-down: · First-person point of view.The narrator is one of the characters in the story and explains the events through his or her own eyes, using the pronouns I and me. Unless the narrator is Carnack the Magnificent, he or she doesn't know the other characters' thoughts. · Third-person omniscient point of view.The narrator is not a character in the story. Instead, the narrator looks through the eyes of all the characters. As a result, the narrator is omniscient or "all-knowing." The narrator uses the pronouns he, she, and they. · Third-person limited point of view.The narrator tells the story through the eyes of only one character, using the pronouns he, she, and they. Each point of view has its advantages. Your choice depends on the Big Three: audience, purpose, and topic. For example, if you use the first-person point of view for your narrative, readers see the experience through your eyes and your eyes only. As a result, the first-person point of view allows an immediacy and intimacy absent from the third-person point of view. Ben Franklin chose the first- person point of view for his Autobiography (1771), as the following excerpt shows. Notice his slightly mocking tone, as he pokes fun at the earnest adolescent he had been. Write Angles