A narrator: defined as a person who guides or tells the story of events through one’s own experience. As far as we are told, the narrator tells the story precisely and can make the words of the page come to life. Yet, is it possible for the narrator to tell the story incorrectly through their own perspective? This well-written horror shows us anything is possible in the art of literature. From reading “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, readers learn that the narrator is unreliable and therefore cannot be trusted to tell the story completely accurately.
According to Maria Semple, a contemporary American novelist and screenwriter, “There 's something uniquely exhilarating about puzzling together the truth at the hands of an unreliable narrator.” As Semple explains with this quote, novels often times utilize unreliable narrators as a means of pressing forth thematic depth while grasping at an interaction between the audience and the author. Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize unreliable narrators in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators. Furthermore, we can
Whether memories are changed intentionally or not doesn’t matter; what matters is either way these memories are false and cannot be used as factual source material. Most people, unknowingly, remember things to be more favorable to their self-image and character. These “prestige-enhancing memories” (Wilson) can show up in memoirs and distort our understanding of the authors’ lives and experiences. Some will say that memoirs should be labeled as nonfiction as they are actual events from different points of view. What really needs to be considered in this situation that each different point of view on the event is opinionated to each person that experienced it.
There are still some bad people in the world, and sometimes they aren’t who you would expect. Shirley Jackson uses different ways to trick the readers in, The Lottery, and, The Possibility of Evil. These two short stories involve two small towns and an ironic ending for the female protagonists. The stories are meant to use different types of irony to fool the readers or the protagonist. A big reason why these short stories are so similar is because the author conveys everything as being innocent, and juvenile and turns into something completely unexpected.
“A true war story is never moral [...] if the story seems moral, do not believe it” (page 68). Tim O’Brien explains to us that if one of the stories teach you something; the story was stretched, if it makes us feel good; it was a lie. Even if the writer tried to make the story true, the mind blocks the heart stabbing and the brain boggling details from what happened in order to save yourself tragedy, so the so called “True Story” isn 't all that true.
Through the analyzation of Jackson’s work, it can be said that an everyday setting or relationship is made abnormal by either a comedic or terror twist. In the case of Haunting of Hill Side, she chooses to contort the story to scare the reader. Through the review by Val Wenner, she is celebrated for her darkness. (p1 Warner) I myself have an interest in the abstract and weird pieces of literature. Jackson has won my appreciation; authors who know how to psychologically alter a person's mood are (in my opinion) the most amazing.
This is another example of hopelessness. In comparison, Faulkner’s story also conveys the same theme. In his story “Rose for Emily,” he begins the story with Emily’s death. This is obviously a hopeless situation that cannot be changed. Modernistic authors use situations like these to get their audience to realize that death or sickness is damning, and there isn’t often a “happy” ending.
Dramatic Irony is a literary device used in this play to clearly state one’s characters actions or words but they aren 't clear to the character or other characters. This literary device plays a big part in this play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, it helps set the plot. This device is used to build a suspense and mystery throughout the play.this brings the attention from the reader to the ignorant actions and words the characters display. In the story it tells you how Don John tried to keep Hero and Claudio from marrying. The audience knew that Hero was a maid and still pure, but Claudio was gullible enough to believe it.this shows the irony of how the characters didn 't know what the reader or audience knew.
Being in written in third person dramatic, in the beginning it gets the reader to believe that the lottery is just an ordinary tradition. The narrator is detached from the story making the readers know only a certain amount of details, it simply shows the process of the lottery traditions. Being able to jump from characters to characters it allows the reader to have an idea from different perspective on what is happening during the lottery. Third person dramatic is important in this short essay because it’s the readers don’t expect the ending to be what it really
The story in Emily Bronte 's gothic novel, Wuthering Heights, is told from the perspectives of Catherine’s servant, Nelly Dean, and tenant of Thrushcross Grange, Mr. Lockwood. These two characters give the reader descriptive and potentially biased accounts of events throughout the story. As the reader comes to their own conclusions about their opinions of the characters traits and personalities, the basis of this information relies on the beliefs of two unreliable narrators. Nelly Dean envies Catherine and feels mistreated by both her and Heathcliff. Mr. Lockwood arrives at Wuthering Heights after the drama regarding Catherine and Heathcliff occurred, thus missing out on key events only recounted to him by Nelly.