Skip to main content


As children, one of the most mesmerizing toys available is the kaleidoscope: a magical world of colors and shapes that, with a simple twist of the wrist, transforms before our very eyes into something new. The magic of stories is similar in this regard. It is in the sudden nuances and shifts in the telling--how the words are carefully woven together to speak to the audience--that pulls readers into the story like a well-cast net. Point of view is the manner in which a story is told, either from a first, second, or third person point of view. The concept of narration works in tandem with point of view and is the voice that speaks through whichever of the points of view that is utilized. By properly understanding the rhetorical purposes of each narrative option and the opportunities they allow within a text, it becomes easier to understand how point of view can enhance or inhibit a written work. My research explores narrative voice in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Short Day Dying by Peter Hobbs. Through utilizing the study of narratology, which compared to the more casual terminology of first person and third person narrators explores more complete answers regarding narration through homodiegetic and heterodiegetic terms, my research argues that it is not in the plot or theme that a story comes to life: it is in how it is told.


This is a metadata-only record.



  • Subject
    • English

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • Library Technology Center 382

  • Event date
    • 24 March 2017

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Donna Gessell