Course 7—Lecture

LitCourse 7
How to Read: Point of View
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Narrator—1st person

As characters in a story who talk directly to readers, 1st-person narrators may have a special interest in getting us to see events their way.

Can you depend on this character to tell the truth, or even know the truth? A 1st-person narrator . . .

may have a vested interest in presenting a particular version of the truth, or partial truth.
may be out of the loop, knowing only part of the truth. Readers can know only as much as the "I" in the story knows—or chooses to tell us.

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