Perspective is

  1. a writer, speaker, knowledge worker’s unique world view
  2. a theoretical lens used to evaluate a text

Key Concepts: Interpretation, Persona; Point of View; Rhetorical Stance; Rhetorical Reasoning


Perspective as the expression of a character, a point of view

One example of perspective is a narrator’s attitudes or beliefs about an event, person or place. For instance, a narrator could take a humorous, satirical rhetorical stance.

Readers, listeners, users . . . read literature to learn about the cultures, histories, and perspectives of others.

Perspective as a rhetorical tool of analysis

Perspective is the use of a theoretical lens to interpret a text. For instance, a writer may adopt a historical, cultural, rhetorical, psychological, or scientific lens to evaluate or develop a knowledge claim.

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