What feelings do certain narrators evoke in you as a reader?

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mchristel | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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You might look at the type of narrator that is used in a narrative:

First person: the story is told by a character involved in some part of the story, like David Copoerfield who tells his own story or Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby who tells the story of the main character.

Third person: this type of narrator plays no role in the story and acts as an oberserver that can be impartial, just reporting without judgment, or biased, favoring a particular character or outcome.  Third person narrators can be "omniscient" can know the scooe of the story's past, present and future as well as penetrate and reveal the thoughts of characters. They can be limited and cannot penetrate the thoughts of characters or are "limited" to only one (usually the main character).

The type of narrator can certainly influence how you feel about a story (its characters and their circumstances).  First person narrators can be "unreliable."  That means there is something about them not to be trusted which can be made apparent at the beginning of a work or gradually be revealed over the course of the narrative.  Sometimes a reader identifies with a narrator because they share the same traits or values.

A narrator can be "retrospective" and look back on an event that he/she has lived through to discover what he/she has leaned.  That technique can add a sense of nostalgia, a longing for the past, that can transfer to the reader as well.

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