Identifying Point of View (POV) is an attempt at establishing an author’s bias and/or motivation within a primary source. Clarifying an author’s logic in his/her opinions is a form of high level analysis.
SOME METHODS OF IDENTIFYING POINT OF VIEW:
Political ideology, Class, Race, Religion, Nationality, Profession, Gender
POV is NOT:
An author’s opinion.
“Robespierre’s point of view was that terror could accomplish great things.”
An explanation of WHY an author had that opinion.
“Robespiere, believed that terror could accomplish great things. He had that point of view because he was amember of the radical Jacobin club.”
“Robespierre, with the opinion of the typical radical Jacobin, believed that terror couldlead to great things.”
“Robespierre’s membership of the radical Jacobin society led him to believe that terror could accomplish great things.”
“The opinions of the Jacobins were profoundly rtadical. For example, Robespierre was clearly influenced by these views to believe that terror could be beneficial.”