A narrative text is an account of events.
To understand meaning nuance within transactional text that contains narrative text
- Identifying the definition of narrative text
- identifying the generic structures of narrative text
- Using past tense
The generic structures of the text:
Orientation : It sets the scene and introduces the participants (it answers the questions; Who, What, When and Where)
Complication: A crisis or a problem arises. It usually involves the main characters.
Resolution: A solution to the problem (for better or worse). Main characters find a way to solve the problem.
Other generic structures of the text:
Evaluation: (optional) a step back to evaluate the plight (the narrator’s viewpoint)
Coda: (optional)Changes of the characters or lesson/value of the story
- Kinds of narrative text:
- A myth
- A legend
- A folklore
Purpose (social function) :
To entertain listeners or readers with a true experience or an imaginary one. The characteristic of the text is marked by conflict and resolution.
Let’s follow the Structure of the text bellow :
It is about the opening paragraph where the characters of the story are introduced.
Where the problem in the story developed
Where the problem in the story is solved.