Next, read Mark Twain’s little piece (below) about the troubles he has with his new watch, as another example of narrative writing.
My beautiful new watch had run eighteen months without losing or gaining, and without breaking any part of its machinery or stopping.
I had come to believe it infallible in its judgments about the time of day, and to consider its constitution and its anatomy imperishable. I grieved about it as if it were a recognized messenger and forerunner of calamity.
You can read additional essays by Orwell, the famous author of When I pulled the trigger I did not hear the bang or feel the kick — one never does when a shot goes home — but I heard the devilish roar of glee that went up from the crowd.
In that instant, in too short a time, one would have thought, even for the bullet to get there, a mysterious, terrible change had come over the elephant.
Do not forget that the business of the essay is to make a point.
In his essay, Orwell succeeds in portraying the horrors of an imperialist state, showing how the relationship between the oppressed Burmese and the British oppressor is dehumanizing to both.He neither stirred nor fell, but every line of his body had altered.He looked suddenly stricken, shrunken, immensely old, as though the frightful impact of the bullet had paralysed him without knocking him down.In the following paragraph, taken from George Orwell’s famous anti-imperialist essay, “Shooting an Elephant,” see how the act of shooting the elephant delivers immense emotional impact. Notice, too, another truth about description: when time is fleeting, slow down the prose.What adjectives would you expect to find in a paragraph about an elephant? See how long the few seconds of the shooting can take in this paragraph.Precisely the last one kind of work we will discuss in more detail. In narrative essays you tell a story, but you also make a point. Moreover, the definition of a narrative essay is a story told to teach some vital lesson. ) The main focus of every narrative essay is a plot, which is built with the use of enough details to make a culmination.Perhaps the only feature here is that you need to pay more attention to the story plot: beginning from settings and characters, you need to describe a problem.Still, it is useful to look at those elements that make up a good narrative and know how to apply what we learn toward making our essays as dramatic as possible whenever that is appropriate.Review, also, the elements of the personal essay, as the personal essay and the narrative essay have much in common.Writing a descriptive essay, you need to describe a person, object, or event so vividly that the reader feels like he or she could reach out and touch it.Working at narrative type of essay, you need to tell a story (it is usually something about that has happened to you) suchwise that your audience will learn a lesson or gain insight.