24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

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"Indeed, of all the aspects of literature, point of view is the most complex because it is so much like life itself" (79).

            When I first read this quote I found myself contradicting it in my head until I finished reading the chapter and saw just how complex point of view really is. I can never remember the difference between first, second, third, limited, limited omniscient, etc. Therefore, I am really glad the definitions are summarized in the book on pages 84-85 (I know I will be visiting those pages again).

            Although I agree that point of view is probably one of the most complex aspects of literature, many other aspects relate to life as well. For instance, fiction writers try to relate their characters to real life people and circumstances; otherwise, the characters would be unbelievable and not realistic. Also, setting relates to life. We could be in our dorm rooms, at the zoo, at the park, anywhere. Wherever we are, that is our setting; therefore, that aspect is also like life. Similarly, our lives all consist of climaxes, problems, conclusions, in other words, a plot. When we die, our lives conclude and one could map out the events of our life just like the events of a story. Being that life is so complex, would not plot be more complex than point of view? I mean there are 24 hours in every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and some of us live to be over a hundred. With all that time would not the events of our life be more complex than the point of view telling our story? This is where I have to disagree with the text. I simply cannot see how point of view could be more complex or more like real life than the events we experience.

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