Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First-Person Minor Character Narrator (6th Of A Series)

This is a POV where the narrator takes a detached view in relating the story. It is possibly best illustrated in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and novels. This POV offers many of the advantages of writing in the First-Person Supporting Char actor and Third-Person Supporting Character Narrators POVs. The advantages are:


  1. 1. It can make the stories believable and realistic. Image how telling the stories with a First-Person Protagonist narrator would have made Holmes sound like an egotistical braggart. Having Watson narrate turned Holmes into a believable and interesting character.
  2. The narrator can describe the protagonist.
  3. The narrator is never asked to prove his/her knowledge of the protagonist.
  4. It makes it easier to sustain reader interest.
  5. It allows the narrator to present a philosophy of life that might be presumed as being presumptuous if recounted using any other POV.

Disadvantages include:

  1. Use of omniscient powers is restricted.
  2. The reader can participate in events and actions only to the extent the narrator does.
  3. This POV tends to be more detached than either of the protagonist narrator POVs.

One of the difficulties with using this POV is that it forces the writer to use he said/ she said a lot.

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