Let’s talk about a classic class topic: unreliable narrators. This week, I’ve got an entire course centered around narrator unreliability. Along with the usual examples that teachers use to demonstrate unreliability, I’ve included a few more modern and unexpected reads. Do you trust that these titles will be good? (I know. Hold your applause.)
Narrators Gone Wild
Unit I: Thinking Differently (9 weeks)
Unit II: Age of Innocence (6 weeks)
Unit III: What’s Reality? (3 weeks)
Questions: Why don’t we trust the narrator? How much do we need to trust the narrator in order to read the story? How does the narrator cultivate trust? What is truth? Does something need to be true outside of the narrator’s reality in order to be true in the novel? Do value judgments need truth behind them? How do the narrators struggle in their reality? What effect does unreliability have on the novel?