Essay on Narrative Of The Way Through Confessions

797 Words Jun 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Narrative perspective is limited. It is difficult to ever trust the story of a first person narration because such stories provide only a narrow slice of a story and only from the perspective of a single agent. By switching narrative perspective part of the way through Confessions, Hogg provides insight into elements of the first narrative that were confusing or underdeveloped and makes a strong case for the presence of supernatural elements governing the story. The narrator in the first part of the novel does not have any more knowledge of the story than any other person living in the world of the story at that time could have accessed themselves. He opens the narrative with the story of the Dalcastle family and claims he is limited to information he can gather “from history” and therefore must look “to tradition…for the remainder of the motley adventures of that house” (49). He knows only what has been told to him and what seemingly little he has discovered through research. Only the first few sentences of the narrative are from history and the rest are from tradition which “has been handed down to the world in unlimited abundance” and the he is only “relating to the greater part…of Scotland, matters of which they were before perfectly well informed” (49). He is essentially providing a summary of the story of the Dalcastles just to jog the memory of people who have already heard the story many times. He is not providing any new insight into the story. He recognizes that…

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