This essay was presented by one of the students. A couple of years ago, being a scholar of the Arts and Sciences and junior board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, I've asked her to write me a personal statement for my next college admission to the University of Colorado.
Let nouns and verbs do the work of description for you. With nouns, your readers will see; with verbs, they will feel. In the following paragraph, taken from George Orwell's famous anti-imperialist essay, "Shooting an Elephant," see how the act of shooting the elephant delivers immense emotional impact. What adjectives would you expect to find in a paragraph about an elephant? big? grey? loud? enormous? Do you find them here? Watch the verbs, instead. Notice, too, another truth about description: when time is fleeting, slow down the prose. See how long the few seconds of the shooting can take in this paragraph. You can read the entire text of George Orwell's story by clicking , and you can read additional essays by this famous author of and at
Do not forget that the business of the essay is to make a point. In his essay, Orwell succeeds in portraying the horrors of an imperialist state, showing how the relationship between the oppressed Burmese and the British oppressor is dehumanizing to both. When writing a narrative, it is easy to get caught up in the telling of the story and forget that, eventually, our reader is going to ask So What? and there had better be an answer.
Read Mark Twain's little piece (below) about the troubles he has with his new watch, as another example of narrative writing. (There is very little in the way of paragraphing in this narrative, and as you read along you might want to think about how you would break this piece into smaller units of thought for your reader.) Answer the questions we pose after Twain's essay and apply them as well to Jeffrey Tayler's essay above.
What is the difference between narrative and descriptive writing?
Narrative essays are told from a defined point of view, often the author's, so there is feeling as well as Types of Essays, Learn About Different Essay…In a narrative essay, the writer tells a story about a real-life experience.
A narrative text is basically a story an author tells based on his or her experience and an attitude towards it. There should be some idea or a purpose or even a lesson learned. Reading this type of text, you’ll always notice the following features:
descriptive essay, for they often mesh.
As you can see, narrative and descriptive texts are interrelated: an author may use specific elements of both kinds of story-telling. Meanwhile, there are a number of differences that really matter: