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What is second person point of view? I know first and third person point of view. Is...

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lisa11 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2007 at 2:56 PM via web

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What is second person point of view?

I know first and third person point of view. Is there a second?

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 7, 2007 at 9:42 PM (Answer #1)

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A second person point of view is a story that is told from the perspective of "you." It is much less common than first and third. Do you remember children's books like the "Animorphs" series or the "Choose Your Own Adventure" tales? They went something like this: "You turn and standing there before you is a wolf. You have to decide to approach it or run away."

Here's a handy key for you:

First person: I
Second person : You
Thrid Person: He, She, They

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drubin | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Second-person point of view is a variant of dramatic monologue, in which the speaker addresses a character (usually but not necessarily major), from whose perspective the  plot is narrated and commented upon, with greater or lesser sympathy and insight into circumstances, moral dispositions, passions, and thought. Second-person point of view is rare because difficult to achieve without artificiality. An entire radio series, The Whistler (CBS 1942-55; currently available on XM and Sirius) used this device, for coarse ironic effect.

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winger | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 18, 2009 at 2:17 AM (Answer #3)

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Instructions are also generally written in second person with an implied "you".


First put the toothpaste on the toothbrush.  Then put the toothbrush in your mouth and move it up-and-down and side-to-side, making sure that you thoroughly clean all of your teeth (or tooth, if you're from Tennessee).

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locksnbagels | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 16, 2009 at 12:53 PM (Answer #4)

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Here's another example of 2nd person POV, taken straight from a student's persuasive essay...which was, of course, supposed to be written in 3rd person:

You might ask yourself, "Is there reputable research on the existence of extra-terrestrial life?" You could research it yourself, check out a few websites, or you could just read this essay...

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nephron | Student | eNoter

Posted November 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM (Answer #7)

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you are a middle school teacher who is asking this


A second grader knows this come on


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Yojana_Thapa | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM (Answer #8)

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Second Person Point of View would be "you"

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 13, 2014 at 12:46 AM (Answer #10)

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If you are using second person point of view it would include "you" as if you are talkingin a "you" point of view, "I" is first person, "he/she" is third person

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jess1999 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2014 at 2:01 AM (Answer #11)

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First person point of view uses words such as "I". Third person point of view uses words such as "he" "she". Second person point of view though, uses "you"

For example ,

"You ran around the whole entire house looking for your friends "


1st = I

2nd = you

3rd = he/she

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