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Perspective refers to the way in which a narrator confers information to an audience.
  
 
== Definition ==
 
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As with [[point of view]] and [[focalization]], perspective is a term used to reference how a narrator or focalizer regulates information.  Many different variations of perspective, as with point of view, are possible which govern the way a story is told.  Multiple perspectives are also a frequent occurrence in narratives, allowing for a more complete picture of a story.  In a general sense, perspective in a story is aligned with the thoughts and feelings of one character at a time, filtering the story through the lens of that character's interpretation.
  
 
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"Timmy Willie longed to be at home in his peaceful nest in a sunny bank. The food disagreed with him; the noise prevented him from sleeping. In a few days he grew so thin that Johnny Town-mouse noticed it, and questioned him. He listened to Timmy Willie's story and inquired about the garden. 'It sounds rather a dull place? What do you do when it rains?'
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'When it rains, I sit in my little sandy burrow and shell corn and seeds from my Autumn store. I peep out at the throstles and blackbirds on the lawn, and my friend Cock Robin. And when the sun comes out again, you should see my garden and the flowers--roses and pinks and pansies--no noise except the birds and bees, and the lambs in the meadows.'"
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Beatrix Potter, "The Tale of Johnny-Mouse"
  
 
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[[point of view]], [[focalization]], [[focalizer]]
  
 
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Keen, Susan. ''Narrative Form''

Latest revision as of 17:06, 16 June 2008

Perspective refers to the way in which a narrator confers information to an audience.

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Definition

As with point of view and focalization, perspective is a term used to reference how a narrator or focalizer regulates information. Many different variations of perspective, as with point of view, are possible which govern the way a story is told. Multiple perspectives are also a frequent occurrence in narratives, allowing for a more complete picture of a story. In a general sense, perspective in a story is aligned with the thoughts and feelings of one character at a time, filtering the story through the lens of that character's interpretation.

Examples

"Timmy Willie longed to be at home in his peaceful nest in a sunny bank. The food disagreed with him; the noise prevented him from sleeping. In a few days he grew so thin that Johnny Town-mouse noticed it, and questioned him. He listened to Timmy Willie's story and inquired about the garden. 'It sounds rather a dull place? What do you do when it rains?'

'When it rains, I sit in my little sandy burrow and shell corn and seeds from my Autumn store. I peep out at the throstles and blackbirds on the lawn, and my friend Cock Robin. And when the sun comes out again, you should see my garden and the flowers--roses and pinks and pansies--no noise except the birds and bees, and the lambs in the meadows.'"

Beatrix Potter, "The Tale of Johnny-Mouse"

Critical Debates

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Related Terms

point of view, focalization, focalizer

References

Keen, Susan. Narrative Form

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