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The Use of Unreliable Narration

Analyze the use of unreliable narrators as a plot device. Look at examples from literature that have used this, and explore how it can help and/or hinder storytelling.

  • This is a great topic. There's a book called "How Fiction Works" by James Wood, and in it, he claims that unreliable narration is often more reliable than it appears to be. It'd be interesting to see an analysis that considers unreliable narration both unreliable and reliable. – S.A. Takacs 7 years ago
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  • Lolita, for example... I might write this topic, but that is a perfect example, in my view, if any one else jumps on this before I have time to grab it for myself. – atperhach 7 years ago
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  • Lolita is a classic example. Gone Girl is a more recent one that comes to mind – Amena Banu 7 years ago
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  • Great topic. A few examples: The Great Gatsby with Nick as the narrator, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The Catcher in the Rye. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 7 years ago
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  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and a more current novel is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. – Liz Watkins 7 years ago
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