What is narrative?

Narrative is the set of methods by which an author tells a story and encompasses considerations of plot and narration.

Narrative

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Last Updated on February 25, 2021, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 95

Narrative - a form of discourse which relates an event or series of events. Narratives need a narrator to communicate with the reader or hearer. The term is usually applied to anecdotes, exemplums, fables, fabliaux, fairy tales, incidents, legends, novels, novelettes, short stories, and tales. The primary and basic appeal...

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Narrative - a form of discourse which relates an event or series of events. Narratives need a narrator to communicate with the reader or hearer. The term is usually applied to anecdotes, exemplums, fables, fabliaux, fairy tales, incidents, legends, novels, novelettes, short stories, and tales. The primary and basic appeal of narration is to the emotions of the reader or hearer.

The term is from the Latin gnarus, which means “knowing.”

A novel/autobiography such as Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is considered a narrative.

see: fiction, plot


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