Re: Multiple Perspectives in Telugu Short Story

Kanneganti, Chandra (
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 13:50:32 -0400

Pillalamarri gaaru:
 When the author uses many PoV's, isn't there the automatic disagreement
 between the said V's, partly deliberate and partly sub-conscious (on
 part of the characters)? How does the poor reader supposed to sift
 this mess? I can see that such a story is subject to several
 interpretations, depending on which character the reader sympathizes

It is indeed confusing to note the conflicts because we are accustomed
to or own POV all the times.  That conflicting views become the subject
of interest in those cases.  Unless the writer wishes to make that
conflict as the subject of story, MPOV isn't a choice. After all the
writer has his own POV.
'rashOman' is the ultimate example for this MPOV - a Japanese story made
in to a film by Akiro Kurosawa.  (A translation of this story appeared
in Vipula recently)

Pillalamarri gaaru:
And how exactly (or in what way) the AoV differs from PoV(s) - in the
all the views ascribed to the various characters are being those of the
author! Isn't this an exercise in obfuscation?

The author actually tries to see  through the eyes of his different
characters. When he fails in that attempt what you see is the author in
transparent disguises like our maaruvEsham maamayya in NTR movies. If
rightly done, the author  is invisible in MPOV.