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dangnu | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 9, 2008 at 5:53 AM via web

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Help Writing a Narrative Essay about Nostalgia

I need help with how to write an essay about nostalgia with detailed narration.  Please give some examples.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 9, 2008 at 8:47 AM (Answer #2)

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You may wish to begin with a nostalgic reflection by an author--an excerpt from a piece of literature that you will later use in your supporting details--or one of your own: Who has not reflected upon a particular instance in one's life that has......) 

 Of course, you want to define thoroughly nostalgia and its affects on the individual.  Include definitions that you can then support with works of literature since the thesis is this defining term and three points of how it is demonstrated in narratives.  One can be Thomas Wolfe's title of a novel, "You Can't Go Home Again" (one cannot return to innocence lost), or how nostalgia and the imagination drive an individual to return to an ancestral home in order to learn about ancestors (the magic realism of Morrison's "Song of Solomon"), and a third can be the obsession of nostalgia and how it affects the individual to relive previous times.  There are countless narratives on this idea:  Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," his non-fiction book, "Moveable Feast," his novel, "A Farewell to Arms" in which he interprets his own dreams, fantasies, and compulsions resulting from his early involvement in the Italian front during WWI, F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, "Babylon Revisted," Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," etc.  There is also nostalgia "The Red Badge of Courage."

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