Reliable narrator

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== Related Terms ==
== Related Terms ==
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[[implied author]], [[unreliable narrator]]
== References ==
== References ==
Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. ''Narrative Fiction''
Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. ''Narrative Fiction''

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A reliable narrator is one who has a credible, authoritative voice in a narrative.



A main characteristic of a reliable narrator is his or her proximity in values to the implied author. The fictional truth of the narrative is typically related to readers via this reliable narrator, so this narrator should demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of situations and characters. The personal involvement of a reliable narrator does not typically impede a truthful account of the story, and so determining reliability should be based in part on the narrator's ability to distance him or herself from his or her personal relations with other characters to provide a more impartial account. The unreliable narrator performs in an opposite manner.


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Critical Debates

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Related Terms

implied author, unreliable narrator


Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. Narrative Fiction

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