What is the difference between a narrative and a descriptive essay?
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The distinction between a descriptive and a narrative essay is one grounded in a theory concerning the "modes" of rhetoric that was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and is still used in some pedagogical situations. The four modes are:
Exposition: Explaining an idea or concept.
Argument: Proving a point.
Narrative: Telling a story.
Description: Presenting what is apparent to your senses (describing).
The main difference between narration and description is that narrative involves a sequence of events, extended in time, whereas description may be extended in space but does not necessarily have a temporal sequence.
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