Title

Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Power of Point of View

Faculty Mentor(s)

Donna Gessell

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Presentation - completed/ongoing

Subject Area

English/Communications

Location

Library Technology Center 382

Start Date

24-3-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

24-3-2017 9:50 AM

Description/Abstract

As children, one of the most mesmerizing toys available is the kaleidoscope: a magical world of colors and shapes that, with a simple twist of the wrist, transforms before our very eyes into something new. The magic of stories is similar in this regard. It is in the sudden nuances and shifts in the telling--how the words are carefully woven together to speak to the audience--that pulls readers into the story like a well-cast net. Point of view is the manner in which a story is told, either from a first, second, or third person point of view. The concept of narration works in tandem with point of view and is the voice that speaks through whichever of the points of view that is utilized. By properly understanding the rhetorical purposes of each narrative option and the opportunities they allow within a text, it becomes easier to understand how point of view can enhance or inhibit a written work. My research explores narrative voice in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs. Through utilizing the study of narratology, which compared to the more casual terminology of first person and third person narrators explores more complete answers regarding narration through homodiegetic and heterodiegetic terms, my research argues that it is not in the plot or theme that a story comes to life: it is in how it is told.

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Mar 24th, 9:00 AM Mar 24th, 9:50 AM

Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Power of Point of View

Library Technology Center 382

As children, one of the most mesmerizing toys available is the kaleidoscope: a magical world of colors and shapes that, with a simple twist of the wrist, transforms before our very eyes into something new. The magic of stories is similar in this regard. It is in the sudden nuances and shifts in the telling--how the words are carefully woven together to speak to the audience--that pulls readers into the story like a well-cast net. Point of view is the manner in which a story is told, either from a first, second, or third person point of view. The concept of narration works in tandem with point of view and is the voice that speaks through whichever of the points of view that is utilized. By properly understanding the rhetorical purposes of each narrative option and the opportunities they allow within a text, it becomes easier to understand how point of view can enhance or inhibit a written work. My research explores narrative voice in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs. Through utilizing the study of narratology, which compared to the more casual terminology of first person and third person narrators explores more complete answers regarding narration through homodiegetic and heterodiegetic terms, my research argues that it is not in the plot or theme that a story comes to life: it is in how it is told.