Truth is more
of a stranger
Mark Twain 1835 - 1910
First person | Second person | Third person
Limited | Omniscient
Point of view:
narrator and character types
An author creates a person to tell the story, and this person is the narrator.
The narrator delivers the point of view of the story.
Multiple narrators of the story can also present multiple points of view.
A first person narrator
uses the pronoun "I" to tell the story, and can be either a major or minor character.
It may be easier for a reader to relate to a story told in a first person account.
A subjective narrator is generally unreliable
because he/she is in the story,
and can only speak to his/her experience within it.
A second person narrator
uses the pronoun "you" and is not used very often since it makes the reader a participant in the story (and you, as reader, may be reluctant to be in the action!).
A third person narrator
uses the pronoun "he" or "she" and does not take part in the story.
An objective narrator is an observer
and describes or interprets thoughts, feelings, motivations, of the characters. Details such as setting, scenes, and what was said is stronger with an objective observer
(omniscient = all knowing) narrator has access to all
the actions and thoughts within fiction
A limited narrator has a restricted view of
and doesn't "know" the whole story