unreliable narrator

S47E6 – Foreshadowing Through a Character’s Descent into Madness

It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face? – Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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S30BE – The Unreliable Narrator

Don’t worry: These ramblings will not be insufferably gloomy…. When at first I proved unable to keep the tone light, Ozzie suggested that I be an unreliable narrator. “It worked for Agatha Christie in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” he said. In that first-person mystery novel, the nice-guy narrator turns out to be the murderer of Roger Ackroyd, a fact he conceals from the reader until the end. Understand, I am not a murderer. I have done nothing evil that I am concealing from you. My unreliability as a narrator has to do largely with the tense of certain verbs…. – Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

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