Riddle: Who's the daughter of my mom and dad, who is not my sister?

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The answer is “the first-person narrator herself” (the narrator, a female, is “the daughter of my mom and dad”).  This is a variation on “Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.”  The reason the riddle is under “Literature” is because, at its root, it reveals certain assumptions a reader makes about a narrator:  gender (male), person, etc.  From 19th century novels, readers got used to a third-person reliable narrator, an omniscient narrator.  In modern times authors began experimenting with multiple narrators, unreliable narrators, and characters revealed by what they knew or did not know about the “plot.”   In other words, this riddle exposes those blind spots in a reader’s understanding of a narrative.

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