Point of View

Point of View
Description
Examples
First person The narrator is a character in the story.  As such, the story is told from the first person singular point of view (“I”).
  • Great Expectations
  • Diary of Anne Frank
  • Flowers for Algernon
Second person  The reader is a character in the story. As such, the story is told using the second person singular pronoun (“you”).
  • Books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series
  • Self-help/advice books
Third person omniscient The narrator is not a participant in the story. However, the narrator has an omniscient (all knowing) point of view and can comment on and describe all character’s inner thoughts and feelings.
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Lemony Snicket series
Third person limited  The narrator is not a participant in the story. However, the narrator has limited knowledge and cannot “see” into multiple character’s minds.
  •  The Giver
  • The Old Man and the Sea

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