Writing a Narrative Essay
Purpose of a Narrative Essay
A narrative essay is a story written about a personal
experience. Writing a narrative essay provides an
opportunity to get to know and understand yourself
better. One of the best ways to reveal who you are is to
write about how you became aware of something, gained
a new way of seeing the world, a new insight. While such
awareness can occur for apparently unexplainable
reasons, it most often happens when you encounter new
ideas or have experiences that change you in some way.
During the process of writing a narrative, you will learn ways to articulate personal experience to inform and entertain others. Narratives provide human interest, spark our curiosity, and draw us close to the storyteller. In addition, narratives can do the following:
Create a sense of shared history, linking people together.
Provide entertainment. Most people enjoy a thrilling movie or an intriguing book. Provide psychological healing. Reading or listening to the narrative of someone who faced a life crisis similar to one you are experiencing can help you through the crisis. They can also help the writer deal with the crisis.
Provide insight. Narratives can help you discover values, explore options, and examine motives.
Characteristics of the Narrative
Narrative essays describe specific experiences that changed how you felt, thought, or acted. The form of a narrative is similar to a story in that it describes how your character is feeling by "showing" through his/her actions, rather than by coming right out and "telling" your readers. However, a good narrative isn't just an entertaining story, but has a point to make, a purpose to convey. In writing a narrative essay, your purpose is not to merely tell an interesting story but to show your readers the importance and influence the experience has had on you. This experience may be used as a springboard for reflection.
A good narrative:
involves readers in the story....
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