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

Asked on by blessme

1 Answer | Add Yours

jmj616's profile pic

jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted on

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.

We’ve answered 319,852 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question