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The perspective from which a story is told. Written narratives most often employ third-person point of view (‘telling’), but can also use first-person point of view (‘showing’) (see also diegesis; mimesis); a sustained second-person point of view is very rare in literary forms (but common in such forms as song lyrics). Novels occasionally use more than one point of view or more than one first-person narrator (multiple points of view). See also narrator; omniscient point of view.

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