point of view

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The perspective from which a story is told. Written narratives most often employ third-person point of view (‘telling’), but can also use first-person point of view (‘showing’) (see alsodiegesis; mimesis); a sustained second-person point of view is very rare in literary forms (but common in such forms as song lyrics). Novels occasionally use more than one point of view or more than one first-person narrator (multiple points of view). See alsonarrator; omniscient point of view.

Subjects: Literature.

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