DefinitionPerspective/point-of-view: anopinion, attitude, or judgment(from dictionary.com)
What is reality?When reading or writing a story, it’sessential to remember that the story isbeing told from the narrator’s point of view.This means that the events are being toldaccording to a perception of reality, whichmay or may not be actual reality.Who tells the story and how can alter themeaning of events and dialogue whichaffects how a reader feels about the
As a ReaderWhen reading, consider who istelling the story in a narrative text(fiction or narrative non-fiction, suchas a memoir).
Narrator PerspectiveIs the narrator a character in the story,or does he or she seem to be anunidentified third party who is not in thestory?
First Person NarratorIs the story in first person (meansthe narrator is a character IN thestory and refers to him or herself inthe story: I, me, we, us, our, my,mine)?
Third Person NarratorIs it in third person (narrator talksabout others: he, she, they, them,etc.)?
Expository TextsIt’s also important to consider the perspective of poetry or expository pieces.FYI – expository texts include news articles, opinion columns, speeches, non- fiction books, etc.The information being explored in expository writing is influenced by the author’s perspective. You may or maynot agree the writer’s opinion!
As a Writer a writer, you must consider As perspective. For narrative writing, that means you decide whether to write in first or third person.And it means you must choose which character will narrate. This opens up possibilities, and it sets limits.
As a Writer: ExpositoryFor expository writing, you must beaware of your perspective andchoose whether to make it clear tothe readers what you think orwhether to remain neutral.
Perception vs. RealityThe reader mustuse good readingskills to decidewhether thenarrator or writeris giving his/herperception ofreality or actualreality.
Writer Jon Scieszka Jon Scieskza wrote The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. What is interesting about his re- imagining of the classic tale is that many of the events and dialogue remain the same. However, when the reader learns about the wolf’s intentions behind the actions and events of the story, his or her feelings about the wolf