3rd Person Narrative
Stories are told through the eyes of the narrator. A narrator is the person
who tells the story and from what point of view the story will be read. Point of
view is the view from which the story is told. There are four basic points of view:
first person, third-person limited, third-person omniscient, and third-
person objective. Let's explore these points of view:
First person point of view is when the narrator is one of the characters
in the story. Through first person point of view we only find out what this
character knows, thinks, and witnesses. You will see first person pronouns such
as I, me, my, and mine used in telling the story.
Example: I knew I shouldn't have let Pedro walk home from school alone.
He's too little. He must be so scared. We've walked to and
from school so many times, I thought he would know his way.
Now, he's lost. I'm his big sister; I should have been more
In this example, the narrator is Pedro's older sister. We only find
out what she knows and thinks. Some clues in this passage that tell us it
is written in first person are:
The narrator is a character in the story.
The narrator uses words like I.
The narrator presents her thoughts and feelings, but not the
thoughts and feelings of other characters.
Third-person limited point of view is when the narrator is not a
character in the story, but tells the story from the viewpoint of one character.
Through third-person limited point of view we can only find out what this
character does, knows, thinks, and sees. You will see third person pronouns
such as he, his, she, hers, it, its, they, and them used in telling the story.
Example: Mrs. Thompson spotted Maria walking on the sidewalk calling
out Pedro's name. She knew she shouldn't have let Pedro
leave the schoolyard alone. Even though she was just his first
grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson always felt a special bond with
Pedro. Her heart sank. She pulled her car over and told Maria
to get in; they would look for Pedro together. She noticed tears
forming in Maria's eyes. She reached over and patted Maria's
knee, "We will find him, Maria." She hoped that comforted
Maria a little.
In this example, the narrator is not a character in the story. The
story is being told by the narrator from the viewpoint of Mrs. Thompson,
Pedro's first grade teacher. As readers, we can only find out what Mrs.
Thompson does, knows, thinks, and sees. Some clues in this passage
that tell us it is written in third-person limited are:
The narrator is not a character in the story.
The story focuses on the thoughts and feelings of one
The narrator refers to characters in the story as he or she.
Third-person omniscient (om-ni-shent) point of view is when the 3
narrator is not a character in the story, but can see into the minds of all
characters and can report what is said and done. Through third-person
omniscient point of view we can find out what all the characters do, think, feel
and see. You will see third-person pronouns such as he, his, hers, it, its, they,
and them used in telling the story.
Example: Mrs. Thompson watched Pedro walk away from the schoolyard
alone. There was a small voice inside her that told her to stop
him. "He's just a little boy. He's far too small to walk home
alone," she thought.
Pedro walked by the white picket fence that he
walked by every day on his way to and from
school. He stopped at the next street. "Which
way do I turn?" he thought to himself. He stood
there and looked up and down the street trying to
remember if he needed to turn left or right. He
turned right and looked desperately for
something that looked familiar to him. Nothing
did. He started to panic, "Where am I? Should I
turn around and go back? I wish my sister was
Maria looked at her watch, again. "Where is
he?" she thought, with a slight sense of panic.
She began walking towards the school. "Have
you seen Pedro?" she asked a neighbor as she
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