Point of View Definition: the vantage point from which a story is told
The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a series of letters to God written by Celie in first person, which highlights her naivety, her growth and understanding of the world around her, and her relationships with other characters.
Night is a memoir by Elie Wiesel told in first person which highlights Wiesel’s own personal experiences in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
The General History of Virginia by John Smith is told in third person omniscient, which allows Smith to write about his own heroic deeds while trying not to sound like a braggart.
The Odyssey is told from two different points of view: part I is told in first person, and part II is told in third person omniscient. Part I shows Odysseus’ thoughts of longing to get home, and part II shows the lengths he will go to in order to protect his home once he arrives.
1984 by George Orwell is written in third person limited, which limits Winston’s ability to fully understand the ramifications of his decision to rebel against the oppressive government of Oceania.
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