first person narrator


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a narrator that is confined to what the I of the narrator knows and therefore limits the point of view presented to the reader. Such a narrator may be a witness to the events, e.g. Marlowe in Heart of Darkness, or a participant in the action, e.g. Nick in The Great Gatsby. In both cases the narrator might be reliable (we are led to understand that we can believe what Nick says and that his judgement is reliable) or unreliable (we have to draw our own conclusions about Marloweâ??s observations).

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