Points of View • -Omniscient POV—narrator is not a character in the story; omniscient means “all knowing,” and narrator is able to tell us everything about all characters • -First-person narrator—is character in story who talks to us • -credible—narrator can be trusted • -unreliable—narrator is biased and does not (or cannot) tell the truth • -Third-person-limited—storyteller zooms in on one character but talks about the character in third person, using he or she; what we know about the other characters is limited
Other Lit. Terms • -sensory details—words describing sights, sounds, and smells of the setting • -tone—attitude a speaker or writer takes toward a subject, character or audience • -diction—writers choice of words • -voice—made up of writers tone and diction • -genres—categories distinguished by style, form, or content; I.e. mystery, science fiction, nonfiction, tragic comedy, etc.
Other Lit. Terms (con) • -theme—central idea, or insight, about life a story reveals • -universal themes—deal with such basic human concerns as good vs. evil, life and death, love and loss; usually cross-cultural and carry over time