Point Of View

By: Clarkson English JH

Point of View

The definition of Point of view is a mental position from which things are viewed.
There is first person, second person and third person. For third person there is third person omniscient and third person limited omniscient.

First Person

A character in the story is the narrator. This character is telling the story. The narrator uses the pronouns I, me and we.In first-person point of view, readers learn about events as the narrator learns about them.

Examples of First Person

I (first-person singular) look forward to my monthly book club meeting. We (first-person plural) are currently reading Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda.


Second Person

You use the second-person point of view to address the reader. In second person you use the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours.” We use these three pronouns when addressing one, or more than one, person. Second person is often appropriate for e-mail messages, presentations, and business.

Examples of Second Person

Grandma,

Before you go to London, remember to leave your keys under the doormat. I’ll miss you. Sincerely yours, Anna

This is a plural second-person sentence:

Class, you need to be in your seats when the principal arrives. Tom and Jerry, I’m speaking to you as well. By the way, are these comic books yours? (Regionally speaking, in the American South you might hear a teacher say, “Class, y’all need to be in your seats….” “Y’all” is a contraction of “you all.”)

Third Person Omniscient

Third-Person Omniscient: an all-knowing narrator not only reports the facts but may also interpret events and relate the thoughts and feelings of any character.

Examples of Third Person Omnisceint

John laughed hollowly. “You’re joking,” he said, wondering how on earth he would ever get over this.

Veronica shook her head slowly. Her heart was breaking at having to tell him this news.

John stood up and banged his fist against the wall, hard, once, but that did nothing to disperse the fury coursing through him. He still couldn’t believe it. “I’ll have to leave now,” he said, thinking that he couldn’t bear to stay there another moment.

Veronica nodded slowly. He was upset now, but she knew he'd get over it.

Third Person Limited Omniscient

Third-Person Limited: a narrator reports the facts and interprets events from the perspective of a single character.

Examples of Third Person Omniscient

Then he looked behind him and saw that no land was visible. That makes no difference, he thought. I can always come in on the glow from Havana.