The narration in this excerpt has two layers. The first layer is the narrator’s unreliability. This is not uncommon, as narrators can lie to readers about events. The second layer is the story’s time interval. Both layers of the narrator’s recollection impact the overall tone and mood of the story. A narrator’s emotional state can affect the tone and atmosphere of a story.
The second level is the voice. The voice choice influences the reader’s perception of the story. A first-person narrative casts everything in a subjective light, which can make readers question the credibility of the main character. Another layer is a third-person limited narration, which creates an emotional connection between the reader and the character. Unlike a first-person story, third-person narration allows a writer to pan out beyond a single character and introduce new details to the story. This method can also evoke a feeling of closeness that is similar to that of the first-person POV.
In this excerpt, the narrator is a key element of the story. In this way, a writer can give his readers a window into the protagonist’s thoughts and emotions. While the narrator’s perspective is subjective, it does not compromise the story’s integrity. Similarly, a first-person narrator’s voice can make a reader question the credibility of the narrator.
The voice of the narrator can affect the way the reader perceives the story. In a first-person narrative, the narrator casts the entire story in a subjective light. In a third-person limited POV, the narrator can comment on the events in the story, which can be a good thing. The second-person narrator, meanwhile, is able to give the reader insight into the main character’s thoughts and actions.
Narration can affect a reader’s perception of a story. A first-person narrator, in contrast, is a person who doesn’t have a clear voice. The writer, in contrast, can narrate in a third-person limited POV. A character’s personality can determine the tone of a narrative, so the use of a third-person voice is essential to the story’s authenticity.
While first-person narrators are more likely to affect the narrative, the second-person narration can be effective, if used well. In addition to the effects on the storytelling, the voice choice of the narrator can influence the tone of the story. By using the first-person POV, the reader can be sure the story is being told from a privileged character’s perspective.