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Types Of Narratives

What are the different kinds of narratives?

Please explain the different kinds.

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A narrative is simply a mode of expression that tells a story.  Typically (in writing especially) we say that a narrative must contain a conflict, rising action, climax, and resolution.  (This is a basic plot line.)  Depending on the length of the work, there can be one or multiple plot lines.

Within writing, the term narrative can apply to the following formats: fiction, non-fiction, speech, poetry, prose (short story)

Narrative is not simply designated as a writing term however.  Narrative as a mode of expression can be applied in art, music, film, theater, dance, even video games.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that it tells a story.

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thewanderlust878 | Student

A narrative is simply when someone (named a narrator) tells a/the story. So, there are many different types and kinds of narratives. 

There is 1st person, where the narrator tells the story from their point of view, and usually the story is about them

However, the 1st person narrative can also be applied to a direct POV, where the narrator participates in the story, or an indirect POV, where the narrator is just an outsider. 

Hope this helps!

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bowerk | Student

A narrative is when a person tells the a story.

1st person narratives are told from the characters point of view and uses words like I, me and my. There are two kinds of 1st person stories.

The first is where the narrator is an obsorver. The character doesn't really participate in the conflict or climax, but is there to watch everything happen. Example: Nick from The Great Gatsby.

The second type of 1st person narrator is one that activally parcitipates in the conflict and climax. Example: Scout from To Kill a MockingBird.


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lilywreck | Student

The narrative is a personal style of expository writing. Narratives tell a story from the view point of the story teller/writer. Most often the narrator will follow the PLOT format incorporating a fictional element as a means to embellish the story line. Sensory details or spatial order are used as a means of getting the reader more involved in the actual story. Verbs should be vivid and to the point. The message of the story or the point to the story is usually expressed in the opening sentence. The story then develops following PLOT.

Plot is

1) exposition - setting, main characters, time and place

2) Rising Action - details about the main characters

3) Conflict - the source of tension between the protagonist and the antagonis

4) Climax - the conflict is resolved though may not be resolved in a posititve outcome

5) Resolution or Denouement - bring closure to the story 

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kimishat | Student

Science Fiction is a vehicle for the author to explore and test the rules, value system of society. It allows the author to satirize/comment on society, for example The Chrysalids or Woman on the Edge of Society. In the latter, the author places with the notion of males having children, the world going back to a simple agricultural life instead of the materialistic one that consumes us today.

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