multiple narrative

Another relatively common use of multiple narrative is seen in a novel that is presented to the reader at different stages of their life and not necessarily in chronological order. The writer may begin with her protagonist as an elderly person recalling a terrible event. This becomes multiple narration when the story is taken up in the first person by this woman in her middle age, rather than being presented as a memory. For this woman, perhaps problems have become entrenched and/or multiplied, causing a variety of disasters. Finally, perhaps the narrator becomes the child caught up in an original tragedy. The writer might choose to present the story in a different order, possibly starting with the woman in middle age, then depicting an elderly one that only begins to be seen as the same person when the child’s account starts to clarify the situation. Thus, the same person has a number of distinct, complex yet punchy stories that otherwise might have built into a lengthy saga. Also, the reader may be thrilled to find they are the same person when they reach the end of the story.