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Backpack Literature Chapter 2

Total omniscience
point of view in which the narrator knows everything about all of the characters and events in a story -can move freely from one character to another-generally writing in third person

limited or selected omniscience
point of view in which the narrator sees into the minds of some but not all the characters- typically sees through the eyes of one character

impartial omniscience
point of view employed when an omniscient narrator, who presents the thoughts and actions of the characters, does not judge them or comment on them

editorial omniscience
point of view employed when an omniscient narrator goes beyond reporting the thoughts of his character to make a critical judgement or commentary, making explicit the narrator’s own thoughts or attitudes

objective point of view
point of view in which the third person narrator merle reports dialogue and action with little or no interpretation or access to the characters minds

omniscient or all knowing narrator
a narrator who has the ability to move freely though the consciousness of any character- also has complete knowledge of all of the external events in a story

participant or first person narrator
a narrator who is a participant in the action. such a narrator refers to himself or herself as “i” and may be a major or minor character in the story

observer
a first person narrator who is relatively detaches from or plays onle a minor role in the events described

nonparticipant or third person narrator
a narrator who does not appear in the story as a character but is usually capable or revealing the thoughts and motives of one or more characters

innocent or naive narrator
a character who fails to understand all the implications of the story he or she tells- often a child or childlike adult- is frequently used by an author to generate irony, sympathy, or pity by berating a gap between what the narrator perceives and what the reader knows

unreliable narrator
a narrator who intentionally or unintentionally relates events in a subjective or distorted manner- the author provides some inception early on in such stories that the narrator is not to be completely trusted

interior monologue
an extended presentation of a characters thoughts in a narrative- usually written in the present tense and printed without quotation marks- reads as if the character were speaking aloud to himself for the reader to overhear

stream of consciousness
a type of modern narration that uses various literary devices, especially interior monologue, in an attempt to duplicate the subjective and associative nature of human consciousness

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