The unreliability of Dr. Sheppard and Humbert Humbert: A study of the unreliable narrators in Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Nabokov’s Lolita
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The concept of the unreliable narrator has been studied in academic circles for the last fifty years. When an author decides to create unreliable narration, there is a reason for it. This essay compares the unreliability in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, using theories formulated by Tamar Yacobi, Bruno Zerweck, Therese Heyd, James Phelan and Amit Marcus. In The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the technique of other-deceptive narration is used by Christie. In Lolita the unreliability is complex. Using both other-deception and self-deception to create discrepancies between descriptions of the same event and phenomenon, Nabokov succeeds in creating an intricate unreliability. The effects of the unreliability in both novels, however, create an emotional bond between the reader and the narrator. The reader can be emotionally cathected to the narrator, even if the narrator is clearly a criminal.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
English Literature, Unreliable narrator, Lolita, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Nabokov, Christie
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30097DiVA: diva2:889346
Subject / course
Brandin, Emma Karin
Fåhraeus, Anna, Universitetslektor Engelska