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First person narratives

Publié par Clifford Armion le 10/11/2014
Ce dossier sur le thème des auteurs écrivant à la première personne regroupe trois ressources accompagnées d'exercices de compréhension et de production orales et écrites, ainsi que d'analyse d'image.

An author always has a good reason for using the first person. Whether he wishes to share his memories with us, to embody the narration or simply to give more credit to a work of fiction, the ‘I’ always stands as a fascinating object of literary analysis…

The art of self-portraits

Self portrait Rockwell
- William Hogarth

- Norman Rockwell

- Mirror Guy

Image analysis...


Gulliver's Travels


In Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift makes fun of eighteenth century travel books by introducing a fictitious traveler, Gulliver, who tells us about his encounters with strange creatures and countries. Gulliver's first person narrative is introduced by a fake publisher's note which is also written in the first person...

Text and key questions


The Great Mouse Plot


In Boy: Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl tells us about his youth, focusing on some of his most remarkable childhood memories. A lot of irony is introduced by the first person narrator who describes these scenes with the hindsight of age...

Text and key questions


Writing on the self


Critics and academics tend to draw a line between autobiography and fiction. However, it is sometimes difficult to make such a clear distinction between what is made up and what is not. Here are some short texts written by authors who reflect on their use of the first person...

Texts and key questions


Final task

- Use your smartphone to take an elaborate selfie, then explain in what way the photograph reflects your personality.

- Use your school memories to write a short text/tale in the manner of Roald Dahl.


Pour citer cette ressource :

"First person narratives", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2014. Consulté le 14/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/se-former/workbook/first-person-narratives-lele/first-person-narratives