What statements does the narrator make that seem unreliable?

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Eudora Welty's comic short story "Why I Live at the P.O." is narrated from the first-person point of view. The eNotes Guide to Literary Terms defines the first-person point of view as "one where the narrator writes or speaks directly about themself ... using words such as 'I' and 'me.'" This point of view is inherently unreliable because it is incomplete. The reader only gets the narrator's side of the story, and all the events are filtered through the narrator's perception of them, which may not be accurate. A story told from the viewpoint of a child might be very different from the same story told from the viewpoint of an adult. The reader must work to see through the first-person narrator's "version" of events to determine the facts of the story the narrator is telling.

While the first-person point of view is unreliable because of its limitations, the narrator may also be unreliable in the sense of being "untrustworthy." They may be making assumptions, misunderstanding their...

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