March 22, 2011
Stories can be told from many different points of view. Point of view is defined as, the position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator’s outlook from which the events are depicted, and by the attitude toward the characters. Points of view range from first person, second person, third person, objective, and limited omniscient. In first person, the story is told by a narrator who is also a character in the story. In first person, the narrator tells the story by referring to this viewpoint character as “I”. Second person point of view is one of the rarest forms used. In second person, the narrator refers to the character as “you”, which makes the reader feel as if he or she is the character within the story. Third person is the most common point of view used in stories. In third person, the narrator refers to the characters as “he”, “she”, or ‘it”. In the objective point of view, the narrator tells the story without describing any character thoughts, or feelings. The story is told from an unbiased point of view. In limited omniscient, the story is told from a narrator who plays no part in the story. The narrator knows all of the facts, and the characters thoughts.
First person is the most effective point of view from which to render a storyline because the narrator is actually a character in the story, and the reader gets to experience all of the emotions, and thoughts of the narrator. The story “Keys Locks and Open Doors”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, “Everyday Use”, “Why I Live at the P.O.”, and “A Rose for Emily” are all told from first person point of view. These stories have exceptionally interesting plots just for the fact that they are told in first person. In each story, the reader gets a firsthand experience at exactly what the main character is feeling because he or she is the...