Assignment 1: Point of View
By Week 4, Day 3, complete and post your assignment to the Discussion Area.
By the end of the week, comment on at least two of your classmates’ submissions. Remember that your replies should help your classmates expand, clarify, defend, and/or refine their work. You can ask questions and use declarative sentences to express your thoughts. Be sure to be honest, clear, and concise, referring to specific words and passages from your classmates’ work. Always use constructive language, and avoid negative language; work toward using a tone and spirit of intellectual curiosity and discovery. Your responses to your peers’ writing should include specifics if you are attempting to make a point.
Address the following:
Select one of the stories assigned by your instructor. Post a response of at least 150 words.
- Identify the point of view used in the narration.
- Discuss how this point of view affects your reading and interpretation of the story.
- How might a different type of narration (point of view) alter the meaning of the story?
- Provide at least two specific examples from the text to illustrate and support your argument.
GuidelinesPoint of view refers to the perspective from which the story is narrated. Various points of view can be present in literature. Points of view include:
- First person: the story is told from the perspective of the narrator, who is usually the protagonist, using first-person pronouns—I, me, or we.
- Second person: the narrator addresses readers as “you,” which gives the audience the feeling that they are in or a part of the story.
- Third person omniscient: the story is told using third-person pronouns, such as he, she, or they, and the narrator is godlike in his or her ability to see and know everything (omniscient).
- Third person limited: the narrator tells the story using third-person pronouns, but the narrator is not all knowing, for his or her knowledge is limited to the perspective of one character.
Point of view has an impact on how we understand the story. First-person narrators are often unreliable as they are telling the story from their own subjective perspective. In fact, a first-person narrator may fail to notice things that a careful reader will identify. Similarly, a third-person omniscient narrator gives the illusion of complete knowledge or understanding, suggesting to the reader that the story is a realistic account of life. Remember that claims in all parts of the assignment should be substantiated by excerpts from appropriate sources. Use APA rules of style for quotations, paraphrases, and summaries as well as in-text citations and references. Quoted material should not exceed 25% of your response.
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Post your response in the Discussion Area.