“Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw” is a classic example. We’d better not believe everything the governess tells us, and we must look through what she says for what she leaves out. Is she deceiving us or herself?”
Look past storytelling. Consider the tales we tell ourselves about our lives. How do we know that we are reliable narrators? How do we know that it is safe to trust our recollections and reconstruction of the past? What makes us so confident, so certain, that the version of events we take as canon is the truth, instead of the version of events that is most satisfying and soothing to our own conception of self? Maybe, in the hall of mirrors that is our own psychology, the truth and the version of events that cast us in the most angelic light are one and the same? Or perhaps what we call truth is merely a reflection that exaggerates our merits and casts a shadow on our flaws? I don’t know because I myself am an unreliable narrator.