The Unreliable Narrator

The Unreliable Narrator

Skill: The Unreliable Narrator- a narrator you cannot trust.

ex: In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden, our narrator, tells us he is “the most terrific liar.”  How can we trust him to tell us the truth.  As a critical reader, this should make you question everything the narrator says.

 

Ex: The narrator in the “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.  He tries to convince you he is not crazy the entire story, yet his actions and story deceive him.

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