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When does point of view (POV) prevent killing off a character in fiction?


In a short fiction, written in first person, my main character/narrator is dying at the end. I understand that he couldn't actually die at that moment because he is the person telling the story. Is it legitimate for him to be in the very near his certain death (within moments) when the story ends? I hope my question is clear. I can try to clarify if not.

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Best Answer aharris says

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    I appreciate the straightforward answer, that I had painted myself into a corner. I also appreciate the time you took to develop solutions. I'm coming to my own resolution now, by reading the answers here, and one suggestion in the story's comments.

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Chris Mills (cam8510) says

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Mary Craig (tillsontitan) says

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    Mary, that is how I felt, but I still had this feeling that he'd have to live afterward to be able to tell the story. I'll see what others think, but thanks for your input.

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Rolly A Chabot says

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    Rolly, I just want to clarify. My character is not dead at the end of the story. Is that enough or does it need to imply that he lived long afterward?

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    I've actually used this once in a very early ff story I wrote. It was published in an anthology, so somebody with a measure fo experience felt that it was an acceptable route to take. Thanks for the help.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    Thanks for the concrete example of this being done before. I actually did it once in a story I eventually had published, so it does seem to be acceptable. I appreciate your thoughtful input.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 21 months ago

    Mark, if you want to see what I'm talking about, the title is A Patch of Blue Sky. Check my profile page.


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