In a narrative essay you tell a story, but you also make a point. So, it is like a story told for a reason.
Narrative Essays: To Tell a Story
There are four types of essays:
•Exposition - gives information about various topics to the reader.
•Description - describes in detail characteristics and traits.
•Argument - convinces the reader by demonstrating the truth or falsity of a topic.
•Narrative - tells a story, usually from one person’s viewpoint.
A narrative essay uses all the story elements - a beginning and ending, plot, characters, setting and climax - all coming together to complete the story.
Essential Elements of Narrative Essays
The focus of a narrative essay is the plot, which is told using enough details to build to a climax. Here's how:
•It is usually told chronologically.
•It usually has a purpose, which is usually stated in the opening sentence.
•It may use dialogue.
•It is written with sensory details and vivid descriptions to involve the reader. All these details relate in some way to the main point the writer is making.
All of these elements need to seamlessly combine. A few examples of narrative essays follow. Narrative essays can be quite long, so instead of a full length example of an entire essay, only the beginnings of essays are included:
Learning Can Be Scary
This excerpt about learning new things and new situations is an example of a personal narrative essay that describes learning to swim.