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Short Story Points of View

            A short story is a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel. Short stories can be told in different point-of-views, like first-person, third-person, or even second-person. All short stories have different structures, themes, atmospheres and different symbols. However, some short stories can have the same structure, the same theme, the same, symbols, the same atmosphere and the same point-of-view. "Hunters in the Snow, "The Lottery,"" and "The Rocking-Horse Winner,"" are all told from the same point-of-view, third person. When a story is told from third-person it means that the narrator uses pronouns like, "he " or "she. ".
             "Hunters in the Snow,"" "The Lottery, " and "The Rocking-Horse Winner, " are told from a third-person point-of-view so in all the stories, we only know what the narrator knows and find out information as the narrator finds it out. We don't really know the thoughts or feelings of the characters in none of the stories, we can only guess by the indicators that we're getting from the narrator, and we find things as they are happening. If either of the stories had been written from one of the characters' view then the endings would not have been shocking and the stories would have a whole different tone to them. Ultimately, the stories would not have been as interesting or effective as a whole. .
             If either of these stories had been told from a different point-of-view like first-person then we would have known things before they were happening and how that person felt about what was going to happen or how they felt as things were happening. For example, Shirley Jackson chose to write "The Lottery " in third-person because she knew if she did then the ending would not have been shocking to the reader. We only knew what was going to happen right before it happened but if the story had been in first-person then we probably would've known what was going to happen at the beginning of the story when the children were collecting stones.

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