Art of Literature Eng 262 Karlis Journal Assignment # 1 Point of View: refers to perspective, position, or the vantage point from which a story is told First Person: “I,” “me,” “we,” or “us” Second person: “you” Third person: “he,” “she,” “it,” or “they” First person narrator: when the person telling the story (the narrator) is a character who witnesses or is involved in the action and uses “I”-e.g. Tim O’Brien’s Stockings. We see everything in the story through the narrator’s eyes, and rely only on the narrator’s perceptions. An unreliable first-person narrator is a character who tells the story but whose version makes interpretations of what is happening; a reader can sometimes see more than such narrators do. Third person narrator: Omniscient: a narrator who seems to know everything, including what every character is thinking. The narrator in Story of an Hour knows what Mrs. Mallard and all the other characters are thinking. Limited point of view: a narrator who takes only a single person’s perspective and does not claim to know the thoughts of the other characters. Objective or fly-on-the wall narrator: reports only on the outward action of the story and does not know what any of the characters are thinking. How do you think that the point of view that each author (Chopin’s Story of an Hour and O’Brien’s Stockings) uses helps to tell the story? Are these merely character revelations, or are there larger themes that each author is telling through the actions of, or reactions to, the primary character addressed? Is the reader able to make any assumptions/judgements/conclusions about either the narrator(s) or other characters in each story? Please write a 2(full) -3 page paper, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in a “traditional” 12-point font (Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond.) Please use a “header” with the following information: name, course #, my name, date, journal assignment #.
Journal Assignment # 1
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