Perspective Definition: a narrator’s attitudes or beliefs about an event, person, or place based on their own personal experiences

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Perspective is important to consider when a reader is looking at the world or an event from more than just their own experience. Authors use different perspectives to open readers up to new possibilities, and to teach readers about other cultures or people. For example, in the West we often don’t think about the results of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II; instead, we are just told that it ended the war with Japan. Japanese-American author Siu Wai Anderson shows the perspective of this catastrophic event through the eyes of a survivor in her short story “Autumn Gardening.” Often times, authors will take on a particular perspective to reach a specific audience. Perspective differs from point of view in that it deals with the experiences of characters in a story, rather than the kind of narration the story is being told from.

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