How does the narration affect the story in this excerpt?
- How does the narration affect the story in this excerpt?
- The black power mixtape 1967-1975
- A smoking epidemic — the history of tobacco, an excerpt
- The danger of a single story | chimamanda ngozi adichie
- Pov: point of view
- The big short – “jenga” clip (2015) – paramount pictures
- To kill a mockingbird | atticus finch’s closing argument
The black power mixtape 1967-1975
Almost every novel is written in the third or first person perspective. When it comes to choosing one for your own story, however, how do you decide which one to use? What are the distinctions between the two? What effect does the point of view have on the story?
The choice of a point of view is a significant one. Despite their similarities at first glance, the two points of view will drastically alter the style and tone of your story. So take your time and choose the one that is most appropriate for the story you want to tell.
The narrating character serves as a mirror through which the reader sees the events of the novel, allowing them to delve deeper into the character’s personality than what is visible on the surface.
“I’ve been kept waiting for a long time. I’m still here, sitting in the reception room, flicking through Vogue, contemplating getting up and walking out, despite the fact that my appointment was supposed to be half an hour ago. I understand that doctor’s appointments run late, but what about therapists? Films have always led me to believe that once your thirty minutes are up, you’re kicked out. I’m guessing Hollywood isn’t referring to the kind of therapist you’d find on the National Health Service. When the doctor’s office door swings open and this very tall, lanky man enters, looking apologetic and sticking out his hand to me, I’m about to go up to the receptionist and tell her that I’ve waited long enough and I’m leaving.” – The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
A smoking epidemic — the history of tobacco, an excerpt
1. It moves the plot forward.
The danger of a single story | chimamanda ngozi adichie
Dialogue has the advantage of moving the plot along in a more straightforward manner than a narrator’s interpretation. In this case, Ford and Arthur have narrowly avoided the destruction of the Earth, and their dialog immerses us in the action and propels the story forward to the next episode. Furthermore, Ford’s demeanor, in which he does not explicitly address Arthur but abruptly changes his tone of voice and stands up with a start, gives us the impression that something else is going on or about to happen.
2. It helps to flesh out the characters.
Dialogue can also help characters develop. In reality, at least one of the characters should change mood in any good dialogue. In the example, Arthur is initially fascinated and inquires about Ford’s background. He then recalls what happened only a few minutes earlier and reverts to a state of shock, on the verge of panic. He becomes enraged by the recollection, and he eventually acknowledges that he is terrified. Arthur seems to be resigned by the end of the interview. As you can see, the character experiences a variety of moods that would be lost if they were represented by a narrator.
Pov: point of view
If the topic is the point of view of a work of fiction, an examination will include breaking down the point of view into its constituent components, observing how the point of view affects the plot, and assessing the point of view’s relationship with the story.
The point of view in a work of fiction decides what the reader knows about the plot’s events as well as how the reader may feel about them. The narrative is filtered from the storyteller’s point of view, which is the prism through which readers see the story.
Step three: Examine how the plot is affected by that specific point of view. Consider the tale from a particular perspective (from first to third person, or third person omniscient to third person neutral, etc.).
The big short – “jenga” clip (2015) – paramount pictures
You’ve always heard the phrase “every story has two sides.”
To kill a mockingbird | atticus finch’s closing argument
This term refers to the fact that two people seldom see the same thing in the same way. Assume you went to a carnival on Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. At the same time as you, one of your classmates attended the carnival. You went because you enjoy carnival rides, particularly the scarier ones. Your classmate attended because she excels at carnival games and decided to add to her prize haul. When you get back to school on Monday, you compare notes about your weekends. She brags about how fast it was for her to beat the latest midway games, and you brag about how terrifying the new rollercoaster was. You remember when you converse that you weren’t even at the same carnival! It seems that way because each of you is expressing your experiences from your own unique perspective. A story’s point of view is the viewpoint from which it is told. Your classmate and you both told stories from the first-person perspective about your weekend. You were only allowed to include information from the parts of the carnival that you actually saw. The point of view from which authors tell their stories is chosen by the authors. The information they provide is determined by the point of view they employ.