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    What are 1st 2nd and 3rd person point of view? What do they mean?

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    1st person - your own point of view. Things written in the first person include the use of 'I', and 'we'.

    2nd person - involves the reader. This is the least prevalent narrative in fiction, but is common in things like guide books, self-help books etc. It includes the use of 'you'.

    As an example of 2nd person used in fiction - this is from a book called 'The Sound of My Voice' by Ron Butlin:

    " You kept trying, but still it wouldn’t turn. You used both hands and stood with your legs apart – your whole weight and strength concentrated on opening the tap. You could hear your mother shouting for you to come but you wouldn’t give up, and kept tugging at the handle."

    3rd person - this is the most common modality for fiction narrative. Things written in the third person use 'he', 'she', 'it', 'they' when referring to characters, but never 'I' and 'you'.


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