Point of view

English 10 Literary Terms (week two)
Point of view
Is the perspective from which a story is
First Person Point of View
First person point of view uses
 “I”, “We”, “Us”
 The narrator is usually a character involved in
the action of the story
(Third person) limited omniscient point of view
Third person limited omniscient
 Third person pronouns (he, she, it,
they, them) to tell the story
 The speaker is not involved in the
 Provides insight into one characters’
 Readers understand ONE
characters thoughts, motivations,
wishes, etc.
(Third Person) Omniscient Point
of View
Omniscient Point of View
 uses Third person pronouns (he, she, it, they,
them) to tell the story
 The speaker is not involved in the story
 Provides insight into all of the characters’
 Readers understand ALL characters
thoughts, motivations, wishes, etc.
Objective Point of View
Objective Point of View
 Uses Third person pronouns (he, she, it, they,
them) to tell the story
The speaker is not involved in the story
Does not provide any information about the
internal thoughts of any characters
Focusses on the external actions of
Like a movie camera
Second person point of view
When the narrator addresses the reader
by saying “you”.
 This point of view is often used when
giving directions or instructions
 “Next, you should remove the pan from the
At dawn, Mae Tuck set out on her horse for the
wood at the edge of the village of Treegap.
She was going there, as she did once every
ten years, to meet her two sons, Miles and
Jesse, and she was feeling at ease. At noon
time, Winnie Foster, whose family owned the
Treegap wood, lost her patience at last and
decided to think about running away.
Alice was beginning to get very tired of
sitting by her sister on the bank, and of
having nothing to do: once or twice she
had peeped into the book her sister was
reading, but it had no pictures or
conversations in it, “and what is the use of
a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or
conversations?” So she was considering,
in her own mind whether the pleasure of
making a daisy-chain would be worth the
trouble of getting up and picking the
daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with
pink eyes ran close by her.
And we scrounged. Next to survival,
scrounge was probably the most important
word in our new vocabulary. We found a
store that was throwing out water-damaged
mattresses. Getting them home was a
problem, since we had to make two trips,
leaving Brad and Katie, armed with sticks to
guard over the remained. I truly expected
them to be challenged by some gang boss,
but they said that the only person who came
by was a scrawny little rat of a girl living
alone. We let her have one of the
They spoke no more until camp was made.
Henry was bending over and adding ice to
the bubbling pot of beans when he was
startled by the sound of a sharp snarling
cry of pain from among the dogs. Henry
grunted with a tone that was not sympathy,
and for a quarter of an hour they sat on in
silence, Henry staring at the fire, and Bill at
the circle of eyes that burned in the
darkness just beyond the firelight.
Speaker, Narrator, and Author
The speaker
 the person from
whose point of view
the story or poem is
The Narrator
 The person telling the
story, usually involved
in the plot
o The Author is the person
who wrote the story
Suspense is a
common mood
created by the use
of foreshadowing,
setting, and
That quality of a
literary work that
makes the reader or
audience uncertain
or tense about the
outcome of events.
Suspense makes
the reader ask
"What will happen
Suspense is
greatest when it
focuses attention on
a sympathetic
An object that
something more
a mythical two-tailed mermaid siren from
Greek mythology
an alluring and irresistible female figure
The siren's objective was to a seduce the
seagoing mariner with a powerful enticing
song most often to the unfortunate demise
of the susceptible sailor who could not
resist temptation.
represent the irresistible and seductive
quality of the coffee itself
The apple is a reference from the Bible
story of Adam and Eve, where the apple
represents the fruit of Tree of
Knowledge, perhaps with a pun on
The winged goddess Nike represents swift
The four horsemen of the
 War
 Famine
 Death
Aka “The END”