, a narrator
is a voice or character who tells the story. The narrator generally can be divided into several types.
- First person: "I walked into the room and I saw a man sitting in a chair." (The narrator is a character in the story)
- Third person, limited: "She walked into the room, nervous, and saw the man sitting in a chair." (The narrator tells the story from the point of view of one character; the interior mental state of only one character, the woman, may be described.)
- Third person, omniscient: "She walked into the room, nervous, and saw the irate man sitting in a chair." (The narrator tells the story from as many points of view as necessary; internal mental states of both the man and the woman can be described.)
An unreliable narrator
is a character who tells the story but who does not have all the facts, or does not tell the audience everything he knows. Therefore, the narrator may say one fact is true, yet the audience, who is better informed than the character, knows that a different fact is true. Examples: The Sixth Sense
, The Basketball Diaries