Narrative Essay's Key Components - Writing Guide 2021
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Whenever you think of writing something like a narrative essay, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Probably that you have to write a story, well, you are not wrong. Whenever I write my essay, I also think that I need to approach it like a story, especially narrative-type essays.

This is because these essays have many components that make them like a story.

And today, we are going to have a look at these components.

So, let us begin, and may the odds be ever in our favor.


Component #1: Plot

Yes, we have a plot. In a narrative essay, the plot is essential. In most essays, you will have to narrate an event or experience in your life, but you need to do it like a story.

You can talk about the time you learned swimming and what that taught you. Except swimming, that is.

Even with such a simple topic, you will have a plot. 


Component #2: Setting

Just like a real story, your essay will have a setting where all the action or drama takes place.

This setting can be your home or school.

It depends on the experience. There can also be multiple settings if you are traveling, but that happens in longer essays.

But narrative essays are not that long, so just focus on a single setting.


Component #3: Characters

The main character of the tale will be the essay writer. But there will be others as well. Your secondary characters can include your friends or your family, or both.

Again, this depends on the story itself. But try not to add too many characters. You can mention them in passing, but as these essays are small in length, it is best to have only 1 or 2 secondary characters.


Component #4: Conflict

Of course, there will be a conflict in your story. A problem that needs solving. Or a relationship that needs to mend. Or even some inner growth.

Whatever you decide on, know that it needs to be something that you overcome.

For example, you can talk about the first time you apologized to someone and learned that maintaining a relationship is more important than your pride.


Component #5: Theme 

The essay needs to have a purpose, something that drives it. So that would be the theme.

In the example above, the theme is personal growth. You overcame an obstacle and managed to learn something valuable in return.

Something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. A lesson. A moral. 

You need to give a satisfactory conclusion through this theme. 

If you are using a essay writer service, you can tell them the theme that you want them to convey through the essay. 


Component #6: Format

Ok, so this is how it goes.

You will introduce the situation, and then the action or drama will keep on rising until it reaches a climax. Then the drama/action will fall, and a resolution will be found.

Think of it as a wave. It rises and then falls. You can put mini-waves in between if you have enough word count.


Component #7: Structure

This is different from the format.

You will structure the paper in such a way that it is divided into equal paragraphs. So, first, you will have the introduction.

Then you can have a paragraph that explains the context and builds up the drama/action.

The climax should have a paragraph of its own. Then the resolution gets another paragraph.


So, that’s how you do it.

That is how you tackle narrative-style essays.

I hope that you think you can write one now. If not, just get some online help from one of those essay writer service. Get an essay written and keep it as a sample.

Study it, and you will understand all that I have written here.

Then get started on your essay.

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Author(s): Bryson Collins
Published at: 26 Oct 2021 16:03 GMT
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