Forgetfulness Is The Most Reliable Narrator In Strawberry Spring, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Imagine not knowing why one was afraid to open the trunk of their car. Forgetfulness is a sign of an unreliable narrator. According to www.nownovel.com, an unreliable narrator is a character who tells the reader a story that cannot be taken at face value. In “Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King, the narrator is a serial killer who kills students on campus and attempts to portray the infamous Jack the Ripper. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator has postpartum depression and relieves her stress in a journal that her husband does not know about. She begins to obsess over a wallpaper in her room that dominates her imagination. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator tries to convince the reader of …show more content…
The most unreliable narrator is from “Strawberry Spring” by Stephen King because they are killer and obsessive.
The narrator from “Strawberry Spring” is the most unreliable narrator because he displays killer behavior. One can say that the narrator from “The Tell-Tale Heart” is the most unreliable because of his killer behavior as well. “First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.” (Poe 3). The narrator then hides the body parts under the floor. Cutting off the body parts of the victim he murdered is pretty gruesome. This shows exceedingly amounts of killer behavior. However, the narrator from “Strawberry Spring” is more unreliable because he kills many people on a college campus and takes the body parts of victims with him. “The pallid face wavered in front of me again. ‘Her head. Whoever killed her took her head with him.’” (King 3). In this quote, the narrator hints towards the fact that he is the murderer by saying her face wavered in front of him again. Taking the body parts of a
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The narrators from “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” are not forgetful, even though both of them suffer from a disease they admit to having. The narrator from “Strawberry Spring” is the most unreliable narrator because he is unaware of his mental state. “My wife is upset. She wants to know where I was last night. I can't tell her because I don't remember. I remember starting home from work, and I remember putting my headlights on to search my way through the lovely creeping fog, but that's all I remember.” (King 7). The narrator forgets things that happen on foggy night, which means the fog is what causes his forgetfulness. A narrator can not be reliable if one tends to forget important details. “And I've been thinking about the trunk of my car - such an ugly word, trunk -and wondering why in the world I should be afraid to open it.” (King 7). The narrator was afraid to open the trunk because of the dead woman inside of it. No narrator can be trusted for murdering someone, let alone not remembering that the body was inside the back of the trunk. The narrator from “Strawberry Spring” is unreliable because of his forgetful

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