Dear Gather HabituÃ©es:
Todayâ€™s Narrative Technique is:Â Anonymous Narration: Multiple Character Point Of View. If you have not done so yet, I urge you to read the previous article on Dual Character POV, the examples cited there, and the responses to that prompt.Â This is not a topic to jump into unprepared.Â Specifically, you should be comfortable with the concepts of
- Anonymous Narrator
- Limited Character Point Of View
Anonymous Narration: Multiple Character POV is storytelling from the limited point of view of more than two characters, narrated by someone who is not identified and does not have a role in the story.
Why would you tell a story that way?Â What I find interesting is that the three examples in our text feature a main character whose point of view we do not see.Â We see the main characterâ€™s story from the point of view of several other people who are on the outside looking in; we are not, however, privy to the thoughts and motives of the main character him/herself.
One of those examples is â€œInezâ€ by Merle Hodge , a powerful, heartbreaking story told through the eyes of several people who know little and understand less.
So, todayâ€™s POV might be a very effective way to tell the story of someone experiencing significant isolation or alienation.
Prose: Write a story using the narrative technique of Anonymous Narrator:Â Multiple Character Point Of View.
Alternate:Â Write a character sketch of someone whose life or story involves significant isolation, alienation, or misunderstanding, for example, a teenager, a criminal, a person with developmental disabilities or mental illness.Â Sketch out from what other charactersâ€™ points of view you might tell that personâ€™s story.
- PutÂ SunWE in the title and tags.
- Indicate in some way which devices or techniques I should be paying attention to.
- This prompt does not turn into a pumpkin a week (or even two) from today.Â If your piece isnâ€™t done in the next week or two, get it in when you can.Â This is supposed to be fun.
- I will comment on every submission and include a link to it in the next column.
- If you would like a little more academic critique--but still very friendly and positive--include the word "rigorous" in your post (e.g. "rigorous critique wanted").
Truly, madly, deeply,
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