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Point of view is an essential element to consider when reading literature of any kind How an author chooses to tell a story directly affects how and what the reader sees and feels Most authors write their stories with a certain point of view in order to keep the reader interested and to help them better understand the characters and their situations In Truman Capotes My Side of the Matter and John Cheevers Five-Forty-Eight these reasons are the basis for their different points of view Capotes My Side of the Matter was written in subjective narrative This means that the story is being told to a particular listener or group of listeners at the conclusion of an event Most of the time the narrator isnt looking at the situation objectively and as Moffett says seem unreliable try to get us on their side or assume values or views we dont share p179 Right away we become aware of this in the opening paragraph There seems to be a sense of urgency for the narrator to tell the reader the truth I know what is being said about me and you can take my side or theirs thats your own business Its my word against Eunices and Olivia-Anns and it should be plain enough to anyone with two good eye which one of us has their wits about them I just want the citizens of the USA to know the facts thats 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 read Johanson 2 more to find out what happened and to see if there is a justification for this narrators
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