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Unreliable Narrator in “Emergency”

Denis Johnson’s characters in “Emergency,” Georgie and the narrator, are described as untrustworthy and complete idiots. I thought it was interesting how Denis Johnson portrayed these disdained qualities of Georgie and “Fuckhead” through the lack of credibility in the confessional … Continue reading

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Exercise 4

Your final exercise before we turn to full-length stories is to use as your narrator a female character from one of the stories we’ve read. The exercise should begin with an epigraph, which should be a quotation from the story … Continue reading

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“A businessman, not a poet…”

“I am just a businessman, not a poet,” Robert Olen Butler’s narrator declares in the opening of the story “The Trip Back.” Here is the quintessential example of the unreliable first-person narrator, for despite his adamant objection, this man is … Continue reading

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Point-of-view in “Great Falls”

I’d forgotten how amazing a story “Great Falls” is because it has been a long time since I last read it. It has so many wonderful moments, so many deft touches, that I could spend an entire class going over … Continue reading

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