Some of the shortfalls of autobiographical narratives may be:
Not many people can recall clear details of their early life; they have to depend on other people's impression.
Everyone tends to remember what he or she wants to remember; therefore, memory is very selective.
Disagreeable facts are sometimes glossed over or repressed; the truth may be distorted for the sake of convenience or harmony.
The writer may rearrange the truth or select aspects of his/her life to suit a preconceived purpose.
The fact that autobiography is a 'correct' record of the facts of a life as the writer wishes them to be seen does not undermine the values of the autobiography. On the contrary, it is recognition of the creativity and artistry of the autobiographer.
Last modied May 2000