Subsequently, the reader can make different predictions on what will occur throughout Don’t Get Caught, and the ability to predict and analyze uniquely is one of the principal ideals of Postmodernist literature. Ultimately, the central purpose of an author’s novel is to engross the reader, by writing in a genre and movement that is appropriate the book. Appropriately, Kurt Dinan engages the reader with both a Mystery genre and Postmodernist elements in his novel, Don’t Get Caught. Postmodernists believe that traditional authority is false and corrupt, and the central theme of Don’t Get Caught is that the powerful students play pranks and humiliate the less influential students. There exists a social elite club known as the Chaos Club that plays pranks on the school and faculty, and nobody can figure out the leader of the club is or who the members’ are.
As a character, Nick himself is somewhat difficult to observe, since we see the whole novel through his eyes. Secondly, Nick states the he is the only honest person he ever known, but it can be agreed that Nick is actually a dishonest character. Finally, Nick isn’t the main character (protagonist) and it becomes evident that he is actually also an unreliable narrator. It would become evident that one shouldn’t believe everything Nick says, especially his “high-and mighty” asides, but you can take his larger characterisations and version of events seriously. Each of the following paragraphs will substantiate the statement that Nick Carraway acts as both the unreliable narrator and dishonest character.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, he created a morale haze that intensified the characters complexity, which enhanced their characterization. Nick Carraway, the most complex of the characters presented so far, had a moral dilemma, though it did not appear that way. His use of thick vocabulary was used to establish his false moral superiority to convince the audience that he could be trusted, which allowed Fitzgerald to lure the audience into a psychological trap giving them the impression that Nick was reliable, thus creating the illusion that he was trustworthy. Nick’s hypocrisy, however, made it obvious that he was not reliable. Fitzgerald used his dilemma to create breadcrumbs of hints of his intense struggle throughout the first
He is interested in mere story-telling. As a seasoned narrator he can anticipate the likely reaction of his listeners to such improbable story. The narrator prefaces his story as “it was some years ago that this happened. It had always mystified me”. Then he goes on to narrate with apparent matter-of-factness of the story.
Fitzgerald plays with this uncertain factor throughout the novel, as he inserts facts and descriptions of Gatsby’s “life”, with which he proliferates uncertainty and makes the reader subject to the same ideal he is using in his literary work. The ideal that illusions are seldom disparate from reality, and that everything can be considered a reality until proven otherwise. Furthermore, Fitzgerald also integrates this theme into other aspects within his novel, in subtleties such as the false hopes of Daisy and Myrtle, the euphoria that was experienced by the guests during Gatsby 's lavish parties, and even Nick’s perception of Gatsby’s character.
In many novels, the characters often challenge the reader through their actions and beliefs. Lord of the Flies by William Golding demonstrates this through the characters of Jack and Simon. In this novel, Jack challenges the reader because he shows that you should never be as savage as him. However with Simon, he challenges the reader to be more like him and to be brave and do things to benefit other people. This is achieved through the use of themes and techniques such as power, innocence, narrator, omniscient, foreshadowing, descriptive language and allusion.
Scott Fitzgerald is written in first person perspective with Nick Carraway as the narrator because it enables the reader to gain a firm understanding of Nick Carraway’s character as well the events of the narrative. Nick Carraway’s statements alluding to his integrity as a narrator as well as his feelings for Jay Gatsby reveal a lot about his character despite him trying to remain independent of the story and withholding judgement. It’s the minor details that reveals what judgements he has which enables the reader to derive his character. In comparison, Schoemperlen’s uses of second person narration has a much different effect where the narrator’s character is revealed by distancing herself from the narrative and projecting it upon the narratee. Both styles are effective due to the type of narrative they’re telling and what they’re trying to convey to the reader.
Although both Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, and Ray Bradbury, author of A Sound of Thunder, use foreshadowing, A Sound of Thunder creates more suspense for readers. Both are excellent, but Bradbury uses outstanding diction to emphasize the importance of certain events in the plot. While the pair of stories are equally well written, A Sound of Thunder uses it's foreshadowing to allure readers into continuing the short story. In A Sound of Thunder, there are many instances of suspenseful foreshadowing. One of the first is when the main character, Eckles, asks if the "safari guarantee[s that] I [will] come back alive" (Bradbury).
Tim O’Brien never lies. While we realise at the end of the book that Kiowa, Mitchell Sanders and Rat Kiley are all fictional characters, O’Brien is actually trying to tell us that there is a lot more truth hidden in these imagined characters than we think. This suggests that the experiences he went through were so traumatic, the only way to describe it was through the projection of fictional characters. O’Brien explores the relationship between war experiences and storytelling by blurring the lines between truth and fiction. While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted.
Dom Casmurro is narrated in the first person narrative by the self-proclaimed protagonist Bento, nicknamed Dom Casmurro for his stubborn nature. The story is told solely from his perspective and therefore automatically creates a biased view of the events that come to pass in the novel. The flawed narrator (Bento) writes the story from his point of view completely muting out the opinions and speech that do not directly support his case in order to rally sympathy and build trust between himself and the reader. Despite the fact that all we have to believe is Bento’s thoughts and what he writes down, because of Machado’s writing technique we are able to see what Bento tries to do, which is to play the victim in the story. Driven by jealousy and