Narrative Perspective – Third Person POV (3)

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Exercises

Decide which type of third person point of view (POV) has been used in these literary extracts.

  1. He shuddered, and for a moment he regretted that he had not told Basil the true reason why he had wished to hide the picture away. Basil would have helped him to resist Lord Henry's influence, and the still more poisonous influences that came from his own temperament.
    – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray the thoughts/feelings/intentions of both characters are revealed (he regretted/Basil would have helped him)/the narrator is all-knowing → third person omniscient POV
  2. In a castle of Westphalia, belonging to the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, lived a youth, whom nature had endowed with the most gentle manners. His countenance was a true picture of his soul. He combined a true judgment with simplicity of spirit, which was the reason, I apprehend, of his being called Candide.
    – Voltaire, Candide the thoughts/feelings/intentions of the characters are revealed (true judgement/gentle manners…)/the narrator is all-knowing (I apprehend) → third person omniscient POV
  3. Yet those who approached Dorothea, though prejudiced against her by this alarming hearsay, found that she had a charm unaccountably reconcilable with it. Most men thought her bewitching when she was on horseback. She loved the fresh air and the various aspects of the country, and when her eyes and cheeks glowed with mingled pleasure she looked very little like a devotee.
    – George Eliot, Middlemarch the thoughts/feelings/intetions of all characters are revealed/the narrator is all-knowing→ third person omniscient POV
  4. Madame de Cintré rose quickly and grasped his arm. "Ah Valentin, what do you mean to do?"
    "To show Mr Newman the house. It will be very amusing to show Mr Newman the house....It's full of curious things. Besides a visit like Mr Newman's is just what it wants and has never had. It's a rare chance all round."
    "You're very wicked, brother," Madame de Cintré insisted.
    – Henry James, The American the thoughts/feelings/intetions of the charaters are not revealed → third person objective
  5. She had taken everything else from him; and now she meant to take the one thing that made up for all the others. For a moment such a flame of hate rose in him that it ran down his arm and clenched his fist against her. He took a wild step forward and then stopped.
    – Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome only the thoughts of one character are revealed (a flame of hate rose in him)third person limited POV
  6. For a long moment she was silent; and in that moment Archer imagined her, stealing up behind him to throw her light arms about his neck. While he waited, soul and body throbbing with the miracle to come, his eyes mechanically received the image of a heavily-coated man with his fur collar turned up who was advancing along the path to the house. The man was Julius Beaufort.
    – Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence only the thoughts of Archer are revealed → third person limited POV
  7. During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation. But he had saved himself by not becoming a mere pampered house-dog. Hunting and kindred outdoor delights had kept down the fat and hardened his muscles; and to him, as to the cold-tubbing races, the love of water had been a tonic and a health preserver.
    – Jack London, The Call of the Wild only the thoughts of one character are revealed (he had a fine pride in himself/he had saved himself)third person limited POV
  8. The tastes of the duke were peculiar. He had a fine eye for colors and effects. He disregarded the decora of mere fashion. His plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre. There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not.
    – Edgar Allen Poe, The Masque of the Red Death the thoughts/feelings/intetions of all characters are revealed/the narrator is all-knowing (He disregarded the decora of mere fashion./His followers felt that he was not)third person omniscient POV

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