I need help with a narrative essay:Illustrative essays often use narrative to describe a process to an audience. Provide an example of this. For instance, if we wished to teach our audience how to...

I need help with a narrative essay:

Illustrative essays often use narrative to describe a process to an audience. Provide an example of this. For instance, if we wished to teach our audience how to cope better with death, we may tell the story of how William cared and counseled his old friend Bob after Bob’s wife died.

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copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To get started, you first need to identify the process or quality you wish to illustrate in your essay. This may be assigned to you by your instructor or it may not. If not, you will need to do some brainstorming about possibilities you might wish to write about. To do, I would suggest reflection upon experiences in your own life that stand out to you as being important. If you have to identify a "top five" list of major events in your life, what would they be? Then, for each of these events consider what process, quality, or lesson they might embody. For example, if you identified a car wreck that was caused by a flat tire as an important experience, you might detail the importance of vehicle safety and maintenance or attentive driving as the idea you are illustrating in your essay. Your experience then becomes the narrative example.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here at enotes, the inquiries are limited to one question at a time.  Therefore, the multiple choice were eliminated.  Grammar help can be found in the Grammar Group if you will post another question there.

Regarding the question on illustrative essay---

Often watching or reading the news will generate ideas on illustrative essays as often what are called human interest stories are in the news.  For instance, there are frequently stories of achievement by people who have had to overcome physical disabilities as a result of accidents or from their births. 

So, in writing an essay about motivation, or overcoming obstacles to one's goals, the writer can illustrate his/her thesis by citing a narrative example of such a person who has earned a degree or won athletic events despite having certain disabilities.