Effects of Thirdperson and First Person

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Effects of Third Person and First Person Can the point of view in which a story is told really change its plot? When reading a story in the first person compared to the third person, one will have two different outlooks on the story. A story being told in the first person can be unreliable at points. It allows you to get inside the protagonists head and know what they are thinking, but you are only limited to their thoughts. While a story told in the third person gives you a little more freedom, you wont be limited to only one thought. “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson and “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin are both told in the third person, which creates an interesting twist. Conversely, two stories that make you think and wonder,…show more content…
299). This shows that the narrator doesn’t know too much about the blind and is very stereotypical of them. The blind man and the narrator soon get together in which the narrator is asked to draw a cathedral with his eyes shut. Not only does he close his eyes, he keeps them closed after finishing the drawing. “My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. I knew that. But I didn’t feel like I was inside anything” (Anthology pg.311). This line said by narrator makes the reader believe that he may take things for granted and may just go about his day without noticing much. Even though all four of these stories are effective in the way they are told, they all could have a completely different effect if they were told in a different perspective. If one looks at “The Lottery” and “The Story of an Hour,” for instance, both could have been different in the first person. If you took “The Lottery” and placed it in the first person, one would know from the start whatever he or she was doing in the center of town and would get the feelings of whoever is telling the story. If the story were told this way it would have probably been less effective and as a reader you would not be as curious. If “The Story of an Hour” were told in the first person we would have a completely different view on Mrs. Mallard and her heart problem. Next the story would end sooner and we would have never found out the husband was

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