Narrative Perspectives

Third Person Narration

1. What is it? Third person narration is the description of action by a removed narrator (i.e. a narrator outside the action). It does not use ‘I’ or ‘you’, but refers to characters by their names or the pronouns. Note: Third person narration refers to the whole narration; it does…

Second Person Narration

1. What is it? Second person narration is the use of ‘you’ in writing or storytelling. 2. Why use it? Turn the reader into a character within the story. Illustrate that the writer understands how the reader feels, and therefore creates emotional attachment in the reader.  Persuade readers that they…

First Person Narration

1. What is it? First person narration is the using of the self (‘I’) as the storyteller. 2. Why use it? Better describe feelings and thoughts, as these seem to actually come from the narrator’s own mind. More authentic and personal, especially for non-fiction, autobiography and poetry. Focus on one…

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