What is Narrative?
- 1. Definition of Narrative
Narrative is a text focusing specific participants. Its social function is to tell stories or past events and entertain the readers.
- 2. Generic Structure of Narrative
A narrative text consists of the following structure:
- Orientation: Introducing the participants and informing the time and the place
- Complication: Describing the rising crises which the participants have to do with
- Resolution: Showing the way of participant to solve the crises, better or worse
- 3. Language Features of Narrative
- Using processes verbs
- Using temporal conjunction
- Using Simple Past Tense
- 4. Examples and structures of the text
|Orientation||Once upon a time there lived a little girl named Snow White. She lived with her Aunt and Uncle because her parents were dead.|
|Complication 1||One day she heard her Uncle and Aunt talking about leaving Snow White in the castle because they both wanted to go to America and they didn’t have enough money to take Snow White.|
|Resolution 1||Snow White did not want her Uncle and Aunt to do this so she decided it would be best if she ran away. The next morning she ran away from home when her Aunt and Uncle were having breakfast. She ran away into the woods.|
|Complication 2||Then she saw this little cottage. She knocked but no one answered so she went inside and fell asleep.|
|Resolution 2|| Meanwhile, the seven dwarfs were coming home from work. They went inside. There they found Snow White sleeping. Then Snow White woke up. She saw the dwarfs. The dwarfs said, “what is your name?” Snow White said, “My name is Snow White.”
Doc, one of the dwarfs, said, “If you wish, you may live here with us.” Snow White said, “Oh could I? Thank you.” Then Snow White told the dwarfs the whole story and Snow White and the 7 dwarfs lived happily ever after.