The City of Ember
Chapter 6 to Chapter 9
Before Reading: Before reading the assigned chapters, read and complete the following activity on Point of View.
POINT OF VIEW
Remember, someone is always between the reader and the action of the story. That someone is telling the story from his or her own point of view. This angle of vision, the point of view from which the people, events, and details of a story are viewed, is important to consider when reading a story. As you read a piece of fiction, think about these things: How does the point of view affect your responses to the characters? How is your response influenced by how much the narrator knows and how objective he or she is? First person narrators are not always trustworthy. It is up to you to determine what is truth and what is not.
TYPES OF POINT OF VIEW
Objective Point of View
With the objective point of view, the writer tells what happens without stating more than can be inferred from the story’s action and dialogue. The narrator never discloses anything about what the characters think or feel, remaining a detached observer. Objective points of view are most often used in nonfiction.
Third Person Point of View
Here the narrator does not participate in the action of the story as one of the characters, but lets us know exactly how the characters feel. We learn about the characters through an outside voice.
First Person Point of View
In the first person point of view, the narrator does participate in the action of the story. When reading stories in the first person, we need to realize that what the narrator is recounting might not be the objective truth. We should question the trustworthiness of the accounting.
Omniscient, Limited and Limited-Omniscient Points of View
A narrator who knows everything about all characters is all knowing, or omniscient. If a narrator is an outsider who knows a little bit about a few different characters, the narrator is limited. A...
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