Unreliable narrator

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

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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.

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