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An unreliable narrator is someone with limited knowledge of an event who tells it from their own perception In most cases the story is told by a first person narrator where the narrator is unreliable because they are not omniscient Readers only see and know what the narrator knows because heshe cannot go into other characters minds or fully understand events This is what makes the narrator unreliable In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Dr Sheppard is an unreliable narrator because of his reticence his apparent ignorance and his strain of weakness Because of his reticence Dr Sheppard is an unreliable narrator Readers are not able to neither see nor understand Dr Sheppard as a person very clearly because he does not speak of himself This becomes important when Poirot uncovers who the real murderer is because throughout the whole story Dr Sheppard speaks of himself and events in a false manner Near the end of the story Poirot comments on how Dr Sheppard is abandoning his former reticence where readers learn the true motives of the murderer and what actually happens the night of the murder Christie 282 Readers receive a new take on the event and what Dr Sheppards real actions are which they are not able to see earlier because of his false narration Another reason Dr Sheppard is an unreliable narrator is because of his ignorance The narrator as a person is very narrow minded and is not open to others ideas He likes to think his way is the correct way usually to cover up for something else Lastly Dr Sheppard is unreliable because of his strain of weakness The narrator being quite reticent fails to identify what this strain of weakness is but brings it up frequentlyIn conclusion any first person narration is unreliable The narrator will have characteristics where they are not completely trustworthy or have traits about themselves that make them unreliable Works CitedChristie Agatha
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