Splitting up

So far we've been evaluating in first person.

Now let's switch to third person.


A scene from 1984 with a character looking out a grimy window at a city with posters of Big Brother staring back

(An illustration for 1984 by Jonathon Burton)

Everything we discussed about valuing and judging in first person applies to equally to third person point of view.

But there is a crucial difference.

In first person point of view stories, we only have one perspective because the narrator is the point of view character: everything is seen through their eyes and judged according to their values.

But in third person point of view stories, we have two perspectives: the character and the narrator.

This means there are two people who can judge things in the story, which can create some interesting possibilities, because they may not always agree.

Let's look at some examples.