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Standing Close: The First and Second Person

Lecture no. 14 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Standing Close: The First and Second Person

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

There is power and there is peril in the first- and second-person perspectives. Both create close relationships with the story and both promote immediacy and empathy. However, they also have dangers that can derail a story if not handled properly. Explore both the first- and second-person perspectives and their effect on readers.