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Narrator Perspectives – Affirming Naration

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This chapter looks at multiple narrating voices, specifically the narrator pair: the narrating author and the co-narrator. As this reading of the Apocalypse shows, the narrative presents itself through either contradiction or the pairing of opposites, a feature deeply embedded in its narrative strategy. This applies not only to the characters populating the imagistic domains and to characters as protagonists but also to the characters assuming and alternating a narrating role. A reader rooted in dialectics and the Aristotelian rule of non-contradiction, who is taught to resolve contradiction not through suspension and multiplicity but rather through a judgment that favours either one proposition or the other, would have to resolve the felt unease by means of a conclusive guide. This chapter shows that a reading advocating experience is sensitive to multiple narrating voices and to the effect of their alternation in recounting the events.

Keywords: Apocalypse; narrating voices; narration; narrative strategy; narrator perspectives



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