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“The third person point of view, in contrast, presents a narrator that has a much broader view and, usually, an objective perspective on characters and events.” (Hamilton 114)

This narration can be categorized in two different ways. There is omniscient third- person where the narrator can enter the consciouses of the characters. The other category is third-person limited, where the narrator can only see through the perspective of one character. The narrator at times can see the perspective of a “select few characters.

In school that was one of the first things we had to point out in the story, point of view. Most of the works were third person omniscient. I think it helps the reader to get a look inside the characters’ emotions.

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Maddie Gillespie said:

It just goes to show that everyone wants to know everything and that it undoubtedly helps when we know it all. However, we are unlikely to know all there is to know in real life. Maybe that's why it's so much easier for us when we read a literary work from an omniscient third-person view. The way I see it, is that if you know everything, you've got it made. Then again, it's the really good author's that will still be able to surprise you with a great event out of the blue even while in this point of view.

Angela Palumbo said:

I personally really enjoy the third person omniscient point of view because you know what everyone is thinking. It is nice to really know what all the characters feel so you can fully know who and what you are dealing with. But, there is also a disadvantage with this kind of narration. It leaves less to the reader’s imagination. The nice thing about third person limited narration is that you are not told everything. This leaves the reader more room to imagine things for himself/herself. You have to figure out motives for actions, what a certain event made the character think or feel, how a character would handle a particular situation, etc. The reading becomes more personal because it allows you to add your own ideas and biases. It also creates good debates because of the difference of opinions.

Angela Palumbo said:

I personally really enjoy the third person omniscient point of view because you know what everyone is thinking. It is nice to really know what all the characters feel so you can fully know who and what you are dealing with. But, there is also a disadvantage with this kind of narration. It leaves less to the reader’s imagination. The nice thing about third person limited narration is that you are not told everything. This leaves the reader more room to imagine things for himself/herself. You have to figure out motives for actions, what a certain event made the character think or feel, how a character would handle a particular situation, etc. The reading becomes more personal because it allows you to add your own ideas and biases. It also creates good debates because of the difference of opinions.

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