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February 16, 2007

You. Who me?

Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (98-111; 150-166) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"The third major point of view is the second-person, in which the narrator addresses the audience directly using the pronoun "you," and assumes that the audience is experiencing the events along with the narrator."

When I first saw the heading "Second-Person" I was really confused for a second. I was thinking, "Wait, what is second-person point of view?" I realized that the reason I had a momentary lapse is because second-person is so rarely talked about because it's used the least of the three points of view. I don't like reading something in which the author is addressing me as "you." I question if he's really talking to ME or another character and I end up reading it over and over to understand fully what the purpose is.

Posted by CheraPupi at February 16, 2007 9:56 AM


I was confused by this at first too. It took a while for it to register that second-person was something that I had heard of before.

Posted by: Bethany Bouchard at February 18, 2007 10:28 PM

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