Narrative vs. Descriptive
There are many different types of writing styles that are used in everyday literature; in books and magazine articles, scholarly and academic journals. According to Essentials of College Writing, by C. M. Connell & K. Sole (2013), descriptive writing is “defined by painting pictures with words” (chapter 6.4, line 1), while narrative writing is described as “storytelling from the point of view of the narrator” (chapter 6.3, line 1). Narrative writing is more appealing considering the reader is drawn into the worlds created by the storyteller; since narrative writing has a plot descriptive writing has no time elements or chronological order to the writing.
A narrative writing shares a sequence of
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Narrative writing tends to be written in a first person point of view. The narrator is attempting to bring the subject and the events to life in order for the reader to relate and share in the emotions and experiences the author is portraying in the writing. Another reason is narrative is appealing is the writing can be real or imaginary; the story can be relevant to the past, present, or even future events. In the narrative essay, “I want a wife” by Judy Brady (1971), writing written from a wife’s point of view in the 1970’s. In the essay the author describes her life as “belonging to that classification of people known as wives” (line 1). In that line she expresses her world as being a part of a “classification,” a group separate from another that is expected to perform in a certain way. The author describes what is expected of a wife, and how the women of her social group feels about the expectations put on women by their husbands. The author describes a long list of household chores and other expectations, along with keeping her husband satisfied no matter what her feelings about the act may be. At the end of the essay the author describes a wife as being replaceable, as if she were merely a common household tool that has become unsatisfactory in its performance. The last line of the essay the author (J. Brady 1971) writes, “My god, who wouldn’t want a wife?” (last line), the author expresses that if a wife will do everything for