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What is the point of view in The Scarlet Letter (1st person, 3rd person (limited or omniscient)?

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Deciding on Point of View is one of the most important decisions an author can make. Something written in First Person is going to look very, very different than something written in Second or Third—the perspectives change, which can have very powerful effects on the work in question.

First Person Point of View is written directly from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. You'll recognize it because you'll always see use of the pronoun, "I," instead of "he" or "she." However, even more importantly: imagine if The Scarlet Letter was told from the perspective of Hester, or Chillingworth, or Dimmesdale. Imagine if one of these three characters was telling you the story, and now imagine just how dramatically that story would change (thematically, tonally, etc.), solely based upon which of those three was chosen as the viewpoint character.

In Third Person, on the other hand, the story is relayed by an external narrator, detached from the events of the story itself. Third Person...

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