perrines chapter 5 - Chapter 5 1 In order to determine the...

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Chapter 5 1. In order to determine the first person point of view we must go ahead and ask our selves some important questions. We first ask who the one telling the story. Then we ask how much this person is allowed to know. Moreover, the extend to which this person can look inside a character to report thoughts and feelings is important as well. 2. An Omniscient point of view is told from a third person. However, this narrator has unlimited knowledge and prerogative. It can go where it pleases; it can tell us the character’s thoughts and feelings. Such narrator is allowed to interpret and comment on behavior done by the character. They can tell us as much as they please; a little or a lot. Such point of view is flexible and has the widest scope. 3. A third person limited point of view is told from one character’s perspective. Such characters tell their own thoughts and feelings. They may also interpret and comment on other characters, yet never know their feelings and thoughts. They may know more about other characters, than they may know about themselves. This character may play a major or minor role, may be an observer or a participant. 4. The first-person point of view offers a sense of reality since it is close to conditions of real life. Such point of view unifies the story more than an omniscient would. However, it runs the danger of having the author input some knowledge or powerful language in telling the story. Paul’s Case 1. The point where the story changes point of view is when Paul reaches his dream life. In the beginning Paul is judged through the eyes and feelings of teachers and people that surround him. The last judgment from those around Paul is stated when members of the stock company heard some of Paul’s stories and ended up; “[agreeing] with the faculty and his father, that Paul’s was a bad case.” (P.242) However, a third person-limited point of view intrudes to focus on the manner in which Paul thinks and feels about life. The story begins to focus mainly on Paul and the reader finds out certain aspects of his personality by finding out he had “not once, but a hundred times…planned this entry into New York” (p 244). Since two different points of views are provided for the reader, one is able to reconsider previous judgments on Paul and sympathizes more with him. The reader also knows more about Paul than he knows about him self; helping the reader realize that humans can’t escape from the crude reality. Such inability is sought after Paul enjoys his dream, yet in the end “he lay still and closed his eyes and let the tide of realities wash over him” (p. 249) 2. Through the eyes of Paul’s teachers, the reader is able to see that Paul is different from many boys his age. Teachers report that his smile “has something sort of hunted about it,” that “there’s something wrong about the fellow,” and that “ his master had noted with amazement what a white, blue veined face it was; drawn and wrinkled like and old man’s about the eyes, the lips twitching even in his
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