What is second person point of view?
I know first and third person point of view. Is there a second?
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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
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.
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).
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...
you are a middle school teacher who is asking this
A second grader knows this come on
Second Person Point of View would be "you"
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