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A narrative tells a story, which is something that everyone does from time to time. A narrative essay more or less follows what would be said in a spoken story and can be more creative than in an ordinary academic style of essay. The narrative can be true, or false (fiction).

Components of a story

Setting:  Where the story happens.

Theme:  The idea, which often deals with human elements such as love, hate, fear, jealousy, greed and so on.

Mood:  A story-teller creates an atmosphere, one that creates a feeling in the listener or reader. For example: happy / overjoyed / hopeful / unkind / sad / depressing / scary / suspense etc.

Characters:  The people who appear in the story. The mood affects them. They respond to events.

Plot:  The sequence of events that lead up to the main point, or climax, after which time, things change. Without a plot, there is no story to tell. Your writing will not be interesting.

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