Alex Haley’s Roots: The Saga of an American Family—Journal Writing Prompt #2

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whose point of view is roots told from ?

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Here’s Monday’s journal prompt for Mrs. Sparhawk’s reading class. Please submit your answer as a comment at the bottom of this post.

  1. Go to the Wikipedia link I’ve provided about narrative point of view. Read what it says there, so you understand what narrative point of view is all about.
  2. Pinpoint what narrative point of view is being used by Alex Haley in his book, Roots.
  3. Include a direct quote from the book you’re reading to prove which point of view is being used by the author. Use quotation marks around your quote and use parenthetical citation at the end of the quote, to show what page you found your quote on.

Want an example? Here’s one:

  1. I went to Wikipedia’s page about narrative point of view. Yes, now I understand what narrative point of view is all about. I’ll explain the narrative point of view in the book I’m reading, namely Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  2. I believe Treasure Island is told from a first person personal point of view.
  3. The story is told from Jim, the boy’s point of view. That’s why it’s first person personal. For example, Jim uses the word “I” even when describing other characters, like when he describes Ben Gunn: “From trunk to trunk the creature flitted like a deer, running manlike on two legs, but unlike any  man that I had ever seen, stooping almost double as it ran” (Ch. 15, p. 140).
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4 responses »

  1. I think it is first person point of view. Even though it is third person point of view, it is as if Kunta Kinte is telling it.(Example from page 80)”Kunta hadn’t realized ho thirsty he was. Hobbling over to the water’s edge,he kneeled down to drink-but his legs refused the position.

  2. Gamerboy7 such as “Kunta hadn’t realized how thirsty he was.Hobbling over to the water’s edge, he kneeled,but his legs refused the position

  3. Gamerboy7
    Someway I think its first person, even though its third person point of view,it is like the narrator is Kunta Kinte explaining every detail like as if it is happening to them

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