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Types of pov

First Person Point of View
First Person Point of View

The first-person point of view is used in many classic novels. Learn about the mechanics and effectiveness of this literary technique in fiction. Learn about the mechanics and effectiveness of this literary technique in fiction.

Second Person Point of View
Second Person Point of View

The second-person point of view is rarely used in fiction because of its difficulty level. It is hard to develop a set of characters and a story in which the second person is appropriate. Additionally, it is not easy to maintain a second-person narrative in a longer piece of writing, as opposed to a short piece of work such as a one-page essay. It is far easier to develop a fictional character and tell the story through their eyes (and experiences).

Third Person Point of View, Limited
Third Person Point of View, Limited

Third person limited point of view, on the other hand, is a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character, while other characters are presented only externally. Third person limited grants a writer more freedom than first person, but less knowledge than third person omniscient.

Third Person Point of View, Omniscient
Third Person Point of View, Omniscient

The third-person omniscient point of view is a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story. The third-person is not the same as the third-person limited, a point of voice that adheres closely to one character's perspective, usually the main character's.

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