Point Of View
December 4, 2011
The three points of view are first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. First person is when the narrator is a character in the story. Third limited is telling from one characters perspective, and omniscient is an all seeing, all knowing narrator. Situational irony is defined as a contradiction between what is expected to happen and what actually happens. Narrator point of view creates situational irony in the four selections: “The Sniper”, “Charles”, “The Open Window”, and “Incident in a Rose Garden.”
In “Charles” by Shirley Jackson, the narrator used first person limited point of view. The irony in the story is that Laurie is Charles, Who was been getting in trouble in school. The point of view in this story creates situational irony because it is narrated my Laurie’s mother. Laurie’s mom doesn’t know that her son made up Charles to avoid getting in trouble with his parents. “We don’t have any Charles in the kindergarten.” The only person that knows that Charles is Laurie is Laurie. The mother and father were judging Charles’s parents, because he kept getting in trouble. “I want to get a look at her.” They were the parents all along.
In “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, The narrator used third person limited point of view. The situational irony in this story is that the sniper thought he was shooting his enemy, but he was really shooting his brother. “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brothers’ face.” Due to the point of view in this story, not even the narrator knew at first that he was shooting his brother, because the narrator only saw what the sniper saw.
In “The Open Window” by Saki, the narrator used third person omniscient, all seeing, all knowing. The Irony in “The Open Window” Is that we expect Vera to be kind, but it turns out that she is a liar. “Romance at short was her specialty.” The narrator is all seeing all knowing,...
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