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salehi P, Bagheri K. The unreliable narrator in the novels of Quabis Beirut and Prince Ehtejab. CLRJ 2021; 9 (3) :112-144
URL: http://clrj.modares.ac.ir/article-12-51877-en.html
1- Faculty member of Ilam University , salehi.payman@yahoo.com
2- Graduate graduate University of Ilam
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The “unreliable narrator” is of high significance among the modern narrative issues, that is a person due to the restricted knowledge and having no enough information, memory and Alzheimer disorders, psychosis, no attention to the grammatical signs in narrating events, speech and behavior contradiction, fear and doubt, as well as prejudice narrate those events which are incredible. Through the descriptive-analytical approach, the proposed research compares novels “Quabis Beirut” written by Ghadat-al-Saman, the Syrian author, and “Prince Ehtejab” written by Houshang Golshiri, the Iranian author, based on the components of unreliable narrator. The results indicate that the narrators of both novels are psychotic and disturbed, and this psychosis is more evident in the novel “Quabis Beirut” and the nightmare title of this novel is a clear reason itself for undesired mental state of its narrator. Both narrators have less information about the events; therefore, they regularly use the word "maybe" in their speech, and even when using the word "for sure", the sentences’ context implies their uncertainty. Both narrators are permanently in fear and hesitation states and transmit it to their reader. Memory disorder, uncalled-for repetitions, as well as speech and behavior contradiction have invalidated their narration, of course, the narrator’ non-reliability in Prince Ehtejab was prominent more with another factor called his prejudice against the Qajar dynasty, which prevented some reports being impartially presented.
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Article Type: Analytic Review | Subject: Comparative research
Received: 2021/04/22 | Accepted: 2021/07/24 | Published: 2021/11/1

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