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The Point of Point of ViewPoint of view is an essential element to consider when reading literature of any kind How anauthor chooses to tell a story directly affects how and what the reader sees and feels Most authorswrite their stories with a certain point of view in order to keep the reader interested and to help thembetter understand the characters and their situations In Truman Capote s My Side of the Matter andJohn Cheever s Five-Forty-Eight these reasons are the basis for their different points of view Capote s My Side of the Matter was written in subjective narrative This means that the storyis being told to a particular listener or group of listeners at the conclusion of an event Most of thetime the narrator isn t looking at the situation objectively and as Moffett says seem unreliable tryto get us on their side or assume values or views we don t share p179 Right away we become awareof this in the opening paragraph There seems to be a sense of urgency for the narrator to tell thereader the truthI know what is being said about me and you can take my side or theirsthat s your own business It s my word against Eunice s and Olivia-Ann sand it should be plain enough to anyone with two good eye which one ofus has their wits about them I just want the citizens of the USA toknow the facts that s all p189 Already the reader is aware that this is a one sided story and that the narrator has certain biases towards certain characters Which keeps the reader interested wanting to readJohanson 2more to find out what happened and to see if there is a justification for this narrator s accusations The next thing that this particular point of view reveals is the narrator s personal regretswhich is a ploy to get the reader to feel what he feels along with him in
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