Point of View Study Guide

The Three Types of Third Person POV.
Third Person Omniscient, Third Person Limited, Third Person Objective.
Second Person.
Uses ‘you’ (mostly implied) as the pronoun. normally for giving instructions. i.e.: cookbooks, instruction booklets.
Third Person Omniscient.
Narrator is not a character, but knows all. i.e.: can read thoughts, feelings, hidden motives of all characters.
First Person Narrative.
Uses pronouns like ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘we’, ‘mine’, ‘my’, ‘us’, ‘our’, ‘ours’ in the narration; narrator is a character in the story, and so might not know everything. i.e: all thoughts, feelings, hidden motives of the narrator are reported.
Third Person Objective.
Narrator is not an actual character, per se, but is a bystander. Facts are reported by a seemingly neutral, impersonal observer (the narrator).
Point of View (POV).
The view from which a story is written.
Third Person Limited.
Narrator is not a character, and knows all about ONE character. i.e.: can only read thoughts, feelings, hidden motives of one character.
Third Person Pronouns
He, him, his, her, hers, she, it, its, they, them, their, theirs.