Reading: Point of View and Line of Argument
Reading: Point of View and Line of Argument Revision
Point of View and Line of Argument
You will need to know what both point of view and line of argument mean in your exam.
It will also be important to be able to identify them in texts you are seeing for the first time!
Make sure you are happy with the following topics before continuing:
Point of View
Point of view is the author’s opinion on a particular topic, and which is expressed in their writing.
There are two ways that their point of view can be stated, explicitly or implicitly.
But, what do these terms mean?…
Explicitly = when the author directly states their opinion.
Implicitly = when the opinion of the author is not directly stated – implications help to uncover the true meaning.
a) ‘I hate cricket‘
Here the writer explicitly states how he feels about cricket.
b) ‘Cricket can be a slow paced at times‘
Although the author doesn’t directly state that he doesn’t like cricket, the implicit meaning here is there that cricket is boring.
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Line of Argument
The line of argument of a writer is the reasoning used to support their idea and opinions.
If a boy was asking his parents to buy him a new computer…
…his line of argument could be that it would help him with his studies and he would be able to stay in touch with his friends.
It is also common for authors to use facts to help support arguments.
‘Drink driving is bad because it is against the law‘
In his sentence, the writer states their point of view on drink driving and uses a fact to reinforce the point.
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