Is "The Open Window" a narrative or descriptive story?

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jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To be perfectly honest, I had never seen the term "descriptive story" until I read your question.  I did a Google search and found many "hits," but I still do not understand this term.

What I do know is that a narrative is a story that tells a sequence of fictional or non-fictional events.  Description is one of the tools that is used by writers of narratives; narrative writers, as part of their narratives, describe their characters and their settings.

"The Open Window," by H.H. Munro uses description, but it is most certainly a narrative.  There is clearly a sequence of events that leads to a conclusion.  I would have to conclude that "The Open Door" should be classified as a narrative.