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Previous examples of narrative essays written by Ultius writers

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Blog post | Detropia and the Narrative of Detroit’s Decline

Detropia and the Narrative of Detroit’s Decline

Since the economic depression of 2008, the city of Detroit has been on a rapid socioeconomic decline. This narrative essay examines the cause and effects of this city’s deterioration and its portrayal in the 2012 documentary Detropia. Following three main figures leading very different lives in Detroit- a blogger, the owner of a nightclub, and the president of the auto-workers’ union- it reveals the harsh new reality suffered by the city’s residents.

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Blog post | Challenging Notions of Womanhood: A Chronological Narrative

Challenging Notions of Womanhood: A Chronological Narrative

For centuries, women fought tirelessly to achieve equality with their male counterparts, both in the home and in society. Feminism challenges traditional and restrictive gender norms that restrict the potential and abilities of both sexes. During this time, the notions of what defines womanhood have been changing, something that continues in our contemporary world. This sample paper examines how exactly these notions have changed and what they may look like in the future.

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A narrative essay tells a story about a real-life experience

A notable narrative essay focuses on the individual experience, while simultaneously relating it to the bigger picture

Rather than simply providing your audience with a summary of what happened, it guides them through your experience and allows them to draw their own conclusions. This requires that the author be deeply reflective and able to connect their own experience to the world at large. A narrative essay also makes a point—otherwise, why narrate it at all?

Like any good story, a narrative essay should include the essential story elements: introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion. Without these, your reader will be lost, or worse —bored.

  • 1Introduction

     

    The introduction will set the tone for the essay, provide relevant background information, and make the purpose of the story clear.

     

    The introduction to your essay gives you the opportunity to immediately impact your audience.

    1. Your first sentence should draw your readers in and compel them to continue.
    2. Your next sentence or two should establish your theme so that readers know the purpose of your work.

    This provides you with an opportunity to determine your narrative tone and voice, an important component to a great narrative essay.

  • 2Plot

     

    The plot is where the action occurs. It keeps the story moving and explains what the story is about.

     

    The first part of the essay should include an exposition, introducing the characters of the story and the essay’s setting. Next, you should advance the plot by writing the conflict, composed of three elements; the rising action, the climax, and the falling action. This builds excitement and interest for your audience.

    The Plot Rainbow
     
    The plot consists of the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

    The rising action consists of the events leading up to the story’s climax, which should be the high point of your narrative essay. It typically contains some kind of foreshadowing that may hint at the conclusion of the story.

    Following the climax, the tension decreases with the falling action before the story closes with a resolution of the conflict.

  • 3Characters

     

    Characters make the story more relatable. Be sure to describe them in detail so the audience can really get a vision and feel for them.

     

    The characters of the story make your narrative essay more relatable. It is important to give them enough detail so that your reader can visualize each person and understand their motivations.

    This should include descriptions of both their physical appearance and the traits of their personalities. Your characters help to move the story along with their dialogue and action.

    There should be a main character (protagonist) around whom the story is centered in order to establish who will solve the conflict of your plot. Creating strongly-written characters is an essential component for a successful narrative essay.

  • 4Setting

     

    The setting is where and when the story takes place. Help the audience to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel their surroundings as they are immersed in your story.

     

    Your setting should include a number of specific elements in order to truly create a stage for your narrative.

    Setting Up Your Narrative Essay
     
    The weather, mood/feeling, time or year influence the actions of protagonist, antagonist, and other characters.

    It should be an interactive aspect of your story and is important for setting your intended tone with your audience.

    Your setting can be much more complex than a vague description of where the characters are.

    Elements of setting include:

    • Locale: region, state, country, farm, island, etc.
    • Time of day
    • Time of year
    • Climate
    • Geography: both natural (mountains, canyons, etc.) and man-made (bridges, cities, cemeteries, etc.)
    • Social or political environment
    • Cultural atmosphere
  • 5Climax

     

    The climax is the main event of the story. It is where the action becomes most exciting.

     

    Your climax should come near the end of your story. After spending most of your time building up towards the main attraction of your narrative, the climax is like your reward to your readers for committing to your story thus far. The way to create an impactful climax is to build it around either suspense or surprise.

    The tension you have built up in your story should explode in a major way. You should tie together various elements from the narrative’s theme, making your entire story come together in an emotional and poignant peak.

  • 6Conclusion

     

    The conclusion closes the story and sums up its purpose. This is where the moral of the story comes in.

     

    The conclusion of your narrative essay should contain a number of important elements that allow you to neatly finish your story. A strong conclusion should:

    • Reiterate the main theme of your narrative
    • Summarize the important points you made through your work
    • A reflection on the happenings of your story

    This includes deep and critical thought into the plot points of your story and some sort of insight or settlement.

    It is important that your conclusion does not ramble. After the climax of your story, what comes after is understandably less exciting. Therefore, your conclusion should be effective and purposeful while remaining concise.

Writing your narrative essay

Take your components and follow the next few steps to put your reflective essay together

The writing phase of the essay consists of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing.

Step 1: Prewriting

The prewriting phase is especially important in narrative essay writing. It is where you build the foundation for your story.

You will start by choosing a topic and move into outlining the details.

Choosing a topic

Start by thinking about your life experiences in relationship to the theme of the assignment. Jot some of them down. Don’t feel like you have to choose a milestone to write about--even a seemingly trivial incident can make a good topic for your narrative essay as long as it has some significance to you. If you feel an emotional connection to your topic, your narrative essay will be more effective.

Outlining the details

Once you have chosen your topic, brainstorm about the details of the event. Try to bring yourself back in time and relive the event as it is happening. Think about the characters, the time of year, the location, and the sequence of events. List out whatever you can remember. Include sights, sounds, and smells in your descriptions--no detail is too small. Creating an outline of the story will make drafting much easier and will help you keep on topic.

Step 2: Drafting

The first draft of your narrative essay should follow your outline closely to make sure you don’t get off track or leave out any important elements of the story.

In the drafting phase you will do the bulk of the writing. The first draft of your narrative essay should follow your outline pretty closely to make sure you don’t get off track or leave out any important elements of the story.

Sequencing

Tell your story in the sequence it happened. Start by introducing your story and its purpose. Next, flesh out the action of story, focusing on its climax or main conflict. Finally, finish by reminding the reader of your purpose and linking your personal experiences to the world at large.

Point of view

Be sure to write in the first person and develop yourself as the main character in your story. Good stories have relatable characters, so spend some time introducing yourself. You will likely use a lot of personal pronouns like “I”, “me”, “my”, and “mine”.

Describing

Your goal is make the reader feel like they are in the story, so describe things in specific detail. Utilize the five senses to help you do this.

How to use the five senses in your essay
 
A good narrative essay includes vivid descriptions of taste, touch, sight, scent, and sound.

Use vivid descriptions and don’t gloss over the details. Remember, your readers have no prior knowledge of the story, so skipping what may seem like a minor detail could impede their understanding.

Step 3: Revising

This requires you to review, modify, and reorganize your work.

The revision phase is often repeated multiple times. Here, it is your goal to make your narrative essay the best it can be.

Questions to ask when revising
 
Consider the clarity of the thesis, language, and sequence of the story when revising a narrative essay.

Clarity

Ask yourself if your purpose is clear. Without a clear thesis, your readers may be left wondering what the point of your essay was. Did you introduce your purpose in the introduction? Did you repeat it in the conclusion, tying it into the bigger picture?

Language

Be sure to use clear and concise language throughout your essay. Much like in descriptive or creative essays, narrative essays are most effective when the language is carefully chosen. Make use of that thesaurus and try to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.

Organization

Did you tell your story sequentially? Is easy to understand the progression of events? Did you effectively transition the reader from one phase of the story to the next?

Step 4: Editing and Publishing

Before you are ready to publish, you must check your essay for spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors.

Running the spelling and grammar check on your word processing software is not always 100% reliable. Having a friend, classmate, or family member read your essay is a good way to catch mistakes you or the spell/grammar check may have overlooked.

Publishing is essentially sharing your narrative essay. This can mean turning it in to a professor, posting it on a blog or website, reading it aloud in a writer’s workshop, or submitting it to an editor. Due to their personal nature, sharing a narrative essay can be both exhilarating and terrifying.

Remember, every writer is sensitive about their own work--even established writers. The important thing is to learn from the experience and utilize the feedback you receive to become a better writer.

Additional help and resources

By now you should understand the basics of narrative essays. They are creative tales with a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end. They revolve around a person, place, or event with the story peaking at the climax. Make sure to check out our writer help section if you need more assistance.

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