Ch 12: Points of View in Literature

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons and quizzes to review examples of first, second and third person points of view in literature. You'll also get a chance to revisit the impacts of different types of narrators.

Points of View in Literature - Chapter Summary

This short chapter gives you a thorough review of the differences between first, second, and third person points of view. Begin with a general overview of this topic and dig further into the lessons to get examples of how each point of view has been used in notable works of literature. You'll also study the impacts of omniscient, limited, and objective narration on a story and assess the effect of unreliable narrators in fiction. Conclude your review with a lesson on how authors create these points of view. Chapter topics include:

  • First, second and third person points of view
  • Types of literary narrators
  • Author strategies for developing point of view

This chapter includes 5-10 minute videos, transcripts with important terms in bold, and self-checking lesson and chapter quizzes, all of which can be accessed in any order and at your own pace. Use them to get a quick refresher on point of view in literature, brush up on any areas you're unfamiliar with, and determine when you've fully mastered concepts covered in these lessons.

5 Lessons in Chapter 12: Points of View in Literature
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Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

1. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

2. Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

In this lesson, we will explore point of view in fiction. We will learn about several possible points of view (first person, second person, and third person) and practice identifying them.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

3. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

4. Role of the Narrator in American Novels: Types and Examples

Thinking about who is telling the story in a novel, and what he or she might be leaving out, is crucial to understanding that novel. Learn about the various types of points of view in American novels, as well as a few specific, noteworthy narrators, in this lesson.

How an Author Develops & Contrasts Points of View

5. How an Author Develops & Contrasts Points of View

The point of view an author uses to tell a story is of great importance. Adding just one point of view can change a narrative completely. Read on to find out how authors use point of view in writing!

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