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What are perspectives? How are they communicated and shaped in texts? And, why is considering perspectives important? 


Perspectives is a tricky concept, and frequently misunderstood by students when they analyse texts. Often confused with voice, tone and representations, to break down perspectives we must first consider the purpose of texts. Authors, of all text types, often construct their works to express opinions and viewpoints of the world and society - many of which are driven by their experiences and context. To achieve this purpose, they adopt one or several perspectives. 


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