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Point of View Definition

Point of View Definition

In literature, a point of view refers to where the narrator—the person telling the story—is standing in relation to the events of the story. The narrator can be a character or a bodiless voice.

When the narrator is a character in the story and events happen to them as well, we get the first-person point of view. It sounds like so: “I climbed into the saddle and spurred my mount into a flat-out gallop.”

When the narrator is a bodiless voice and speaks directly to the reader, as if the events happen to the reader, we get the second-person point of view. It’s usually used in the present tense. It sounds like so: “You climb into the saddle and spur your mount into a flat-out gallop.”

When the narrator is a bodiless voice and speaks only about other characters, we get the third-person point of view. It sounds like so: “He climbed into the saddle and spurred his mount into a flat-out gallop.”

Most literary works are written in the first- or third-person point of view and in the past tense. 

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