What is First Person? The term first person refers to the speaker himself or a group that includes the speaker (i.e., I, me, we, and us).
The personal pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they) are grouped into different categories:
- First person: I and we
- Second person: you
- Third person: He/She/It and They
- “I could not unlove him now, merely because I found that he had ceased to notice me.” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, “sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! — so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!” Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice
I love reading in first and third person. When I write, I tend to do more first person these days. I am practicing on getting back into third person. Do you have a favorite?