Writer's Viewpoint and Attitude

Understanding the Writer’s Viewpoint and Attitude

Identifying the Writer’s Viewpoint

  • The writer’s viewpoint is their unique perspective or opinion on a subject.
  • This can be inferred from the language, tone, and evidence the writer uses in the text.
  • Pay attention to the choice of words (diction) and rhetorical techniques used by the writer as they can suggests their viewpoint.

Recognising the Writer’s Attitude

  • The writer’s attitude towards the subject, characters or audience can be determined by the language, tone and emotions expressed in the text.
  • This can include feelings of approval, disapproval, neutrality, bias, objectivity, or any other sentiment.
  • Look out for phrases that indicate the writer’s emotions, as this can be a strong indicator of their attitude.

How Writer’s Viewpoint and Attitude Influence Writing

  • The writer’s viewpoint and attitude highly influence the style of language used in the text.
  • For instance, if the writer holds a strong opinion on a subject, they might use strong, emotive language to express their viewpoint.
  • Similarly, an objective viewpoint might be communicated through balanced, unbiased language.

Analysing the Writer’s Viewpoint and Attitude

  • Look for any bias in the text. If the writer unduly favours one side of an argument or issue, it can reveal their viewpoint.
  • Use the context of the text to understand the writer’s viewpoint and attitude.
  • Be aware of any contradictions in the writer’s stated viewpoint and their true attitudes or beliefs, as revealed through subtext or implicit meaning.

Responding to the Writer’s Viewpoint and Attitude

  • Analyse how effectively the writer conveys their viewpoint and attitude. Are they persuasive or insightful? Are they able to evoke emotions in the reader?
  • When critiquing the writer’s approach, do reference specific instances from the text to support your analysis.
  • Be mindful to not let your own attitudes and viewpoints interfere with your interpretation of the writer’s perspective.

Understanding the writer’s viewpoint and attitude is crucial for a deep comprehension of the text. Practice these skills by reading various texts and discerning the writer’s viewpoints and attitudes within them.