Unreliable narrator

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
(Definition)
Line 3: Line 3:
  
 
== Definition ==
 
== Definition ==
The opposite of a [[reliable narrator]], an unreliable narrator typically displays characteristics or tendencies that indicate a lack of credibility or understanding of the story.  Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information as a result of these conditions. Lack of alignment with the "tastes, judgements, [and] moral sense" with the implied author is a determining factor in a narrator's unreliability.  Most notably done by William Faulkner in his novels, the use of a main character with a mental disability or a skewed [[perspective]] is indicative of unreliability as well as the under-developed [[perspective]] of a child narrator.  
+
The opposite of a [[reliable narrator]], an unreliable narrator typically displays characteristics or tendencies that indicate a lack of credibility or understanding of the story.  Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information as a result of these conditions. Lack of alignment with the "tastes, judgements, [and] moral sense" (Prince 103) of the implied author is a determining factor in a narrator's unreliability.  Most notably done by William Faulkner in his novels, the use of a main character with a mental disability or a skewed [[perspective]] is indicative of unreliability as well as the under-developed [[perspective]] of a child narrator.
  
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==

Revision as of 13:08, 5 June 2008

An unreliable narrator works under the constraints of limited knowledge to convey information that may seem justifiably suspect to the reader.

Contents

Definition

The opposite of a reliable narrator, an unreliable narrator typically displays characteristics or tendencies that indicate a lack of credibility or understanding of the story. Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information as a result of these conditions. Lack of alignment with the "tastes, judgements, [and] moral sense" (Prince 103) of the implied author is a determining factor in a narrator's unreliability. Most notably done by William Faulkner in his novels, the use of a main character with a mental disability or a skewed perspective is indicative of unreliability as well as the under-developed perspective of a child narrator.

Examples

{give examples of the term in action}

Critical Debates

{is the term contested, challenged, defined differently, etc.?}

Related Terms

reliable narrator

References

{cite useful references or web links for further reading}
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
Toolbox