Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Short Story Writing: The Subjective and Objective

Writers, in their methods of presentation, may be broadly divided into two classes, those who write subjectively and those who write objectively.

A subjective writer is one whose own personality, point of view, feeling, is insistent in what he writes. An objective writer, on the other hand, is one who leaves the things of which he makes record to produce their own impression, the writer himself remaining an almost impassive spectator, telling the story with little or no comment.

Chaucer, in the prologue to the "Canterbury Tales," betrays his personal feeling for his characters continually, and so is subjective. Shakespeare in his plays is objective, presenting all sorts of men and women without show of his own attitude toward them.