Narrative Perspective – Third Person POV (1)

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Exercises

Read three different versions of the same story and decide which type of third person narration has been used.

  1. Jacinta strolled leisurely through the old town centre, snapping photographs with her disposible camera as she went. She thought the town was rather charming with it’s old buildings and luscious green square. She smiled at the children playing in the fountain as she passed by “I wouldn’t mind jumping in that fountain myself,” she thought. It was a sweltering 35 degrees and the sun was beating down relentlessly. Instead she bought herself an ice-cream, vanilla and strawberry her favourite flavour, and sat in the shade of big tree. She enjoyed watching the people going about there business. After a short while, she began to feel sleepy and fell asleep against the big tree trunk.
    Ring ring! Ring ring! Jacinta awoke with a start feeling disoriented. She reached for her bag and rummaged around for her phone and answered it.
    “Hello”, she was greeted by the deep voice of Macca. “Jacinta, where are you?” he snapped. He had been waiting for Jacinta in the hotel lobby and was beginning to loose his temper. He thought she must have forgotten their appointment.The narrator reveals the thoughts, feelings and intentions of both characters (Jacinta and Macca) → third person omniscient
  2. Jacinta strolled leisurely through the old town centre, snapping photographs with her disposible camera as she went. The centre was lovely, it had old buildings and nice green square. She smiled at the children playing in the fountain as she passed by. It was a hot day so she bought herself an ice-cream and sat in the shade of big tree. She lent back against the trunk of the great tree and fell asleep.
    Ring ring! Ring ring! Jacinta awoke with a start. She reached for her bag and rummaged around for her phone and answered it.
    “Hello”, she was greeted by Macca. “Jacinta, where are you?” he said. There was an urgent tone in his voice.The narrator offers a bird’s eye view of the story: thoughts, feelings and intentions are not revealed → third person objective POV
  3. Jacinta strolled leisurely through the old town centre. She thought that it was rather charming with it’s old buildings and luscious green square. She smiled at the children playing in the fountain as she passed by “I wouldn’t mind jumping in that fountain myself,” she thought. Instead bought herself an ice-cream, vanilla and strawberry her favourite flavour, and sat in the shade of big tree. She enjoyed watching the people going about their business. She was tired from the hot weather which she had never really enjoyed, and she had fallen asleep.
    Ring ring! Ring ring! Jacinta woke up confused. She reached for her phone and answered it.
    “Hello”, she was greeted by the deep voice of Macca. “Jacinta, where are you?” he said. There was an urgent tone in his voice.The narrator reveals the thoughts, feelings and intentions of one character (Jacinta) → third person limited POV

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