How do you know whose point of view we're taking in a story or scene?
That is a topic for a whole lesson in itself, and we don't want to get bogged down in it here, so here's a quick summary:
- While some stories present lots of points of view, most tend to favour particular characters.
- Usually in any given scene one character will "own" the point of view.
- If the story is told in first person ("I did this...") then it's obviously the narrator's point of view.
- In third person, you can identify point of view by noticing whose thoughts and emotions you're being told about.
Finally, even if there is a dominant point of view in the story, the way that characters trigger each others' emotions and behaviour means that they each take turns "owning" loops.
We'll see more of this in the checkpoint piece coming up.