Point of view

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"My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married where I was born.  Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four, my brother, Malacy three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barely one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.
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"My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married where I was born.  Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four, my brother, Malachy three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barely one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.
  
 
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."   
 
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."   

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Point of view refers to the perceptual viewpoint of a narrator.

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Definition

The point of view can be likened to both perspective and [[focalization]. Point of view describes the position from which the events in a story are narrated; the perceptions and conceptions of whomever's point of view is featured controls the way a narrative is presented to an audience.

Examples

"My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married where I was born. Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four, my brother, Malachy three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barely one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.

When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."

-Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes

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