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Definition of word.

character's point of view
char-ac-ter's point of view

The character's point of view is the unique perspective that a character possesses toward the story.  Highly developed characters possess feelings and ideas that are evident to the reader.  The words of the characters within a story may or may not be trustworthy. Some characters are wise and righteous; others are foolish or unrighteous. Some characters view the story world through their youth or ethnicity and others through their achievements or religion.  Almost all characters in a narrative hold a limited point of view. That is, characters are not fully self-conscious and cannot know the private actions, personal feelings, and internal thoughts of other characters.  (NOTE:  God the Father and Jesus Christ know the hearts of all men [2Ch. 6:30; Mt. 9:4; Mk. 2:8; Lk. 16:15; Jn. 1:42, 46; 2:25; 5:42; 6:64; 16:30; 21:17; Ac. 1:24; Heb. 4:12-13; Rev. 2:23].  Prophets were granted unnatural foreknowledge.)

A character's point of view should not be confused with the author's point of view or the narrator's point of view.  A story narrated from the first-person point of view tell the story to the reader through the prism of a character.  An author may express his thoughts or opposing thoughts through the characters in the story. 

The Bible gives voice to Satan and to countless wicked persons who were given as examples of deception and of evil.  For example, Lot's house was surrounded by sodomites who desired to rape his two male, angelic visitors.  The sodomites demanded that Lot give them the visitors.  Lot made a wicked offer:  "See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof" (Ge. 19:8).  The reader knows that Lot's willingness to surrender his daughters to ravenous men was against God's will by the actions of His angelic messengers.

To further illustrate, Job's wife gave him evil advice in Job 2:9: "Then his wife said to him, 'Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!'"  The reader is expected to know that her voice contradicted one of the main lessons of the book, namely, faithfulness.

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  2. author's point of view
  3. narrator's point of view
  4. reader's point of view

Author: Allen B. Wolfe

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