Narrative Perspective – Third Person POV (2)

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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. The wind howled through the trees and rain splattered against the windows. The three were all asleep in the big double bed. They had three woolen blankets to keep them warm. Marnie the oldest of the three was dreaming peacefully, she felt safe in the bed with her siblings. Suddenly she heard a terrible crashing sound, and the neighbourhood dogs started barking. A gust of wind blew the window open waking Marnie and her siblings. She sat up afraid of the darkness and the cold. She got out of bed to close the window and set about lighting a fire for extra warmth.The narrator reveals the thoughts, feelings and intentions of one character (Marnie) → third person limited POV
  2. The wind howls through the trees and rain splatters against the windows. The three lay sleeping in a big double bed tucked under heavy woolen blankets. A terrible crashing sounds wakes the children and they hear the neighbourhood dogs barking. When a gust of wind blows the window open, Marnie the oldest of the three gets up to close it again. She notices her brother and sister shivering in the cold, so she lights a fire to keep them warm for the night.The narrator offers a bird’s eye view of the story: thoughts, feelings and intentions are not revealed → third person objective POV
  3. The wind howled through the trees and rain splattered against the windows. The three were all asleep in the big double bed. They had three woolen blankets to keep them warm. Suddenly there was a terrible crashing sound, and the neighbour’s dog began barking wildly. Mitch, the youngest brother cried out in fear for he was terrified of dogs. A gust of wind blew the window open and all three children woke. Marnie, who wasn’t afraid at all, got out of bed with a sigh to close the window and set about lighting a fire for extra warmth, she felt responsible for her younger siblings, especially Lucy who had been anxious lately.The narrator reveals the thoughts, feelings and intentions of all the characters/all-knowing narrator → third person omniscient

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