Knapp (2005 : 220) say that, “Narrative text is one of the most commonly read, though least understood of all the genres. Narrative also has a powerful social role beyond that of being a medium for entertainment. Narrative is also a powerful medium for changing social opinions and attitudes”.
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Considerably, literature is a form of escapism. This came to me from a young age, where I became engrossed by the concept of story-telling. Whether it be through the natural world conveyed by romantic poets like Shelley and Wordsworth or the complex characters found in prose, like in the works of Dickens and Hardy; comprehending how plots are reflective of life intrigued me to devise my own.
Fiction vs. Non-fiction Boundaries Blurring the boundaries between Fiction and Non-Fiction has always been a great way for authors to make their points, yield their arguments, and to keep interest. Some may even be inclined to believe that there is not a definite boundary between the areas of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is often used throughout non-fiction writings as more of a point of view than a character in itself. This voice is not exactly a character in the text, but it still exercises an attitude toward the material to help control the writing. “Lola,” by Truman Capote is a great instance where these boundaries are so well mixed, that it becomes hard to tell the difference where one starts and another begins.
Aryana Smith Mrs. Brown 12 Contemporary literature 28 March, 2014 Fiction vs. Nonfiction Blood here and blood there! Shots are being fired from every direction and screams begin to emerge from deep within the forest. They become louder and louder and seem to come closer with every step taken. Then there is an eerie silence and as everything seems to calm down, a grenade goes off in the distance.
When found reading a book, readers can connect themselves to a character in the story. It is not literature the readers can connect to. One example of literature is the Odyssey. Readers can connect their lives through the tales of Odyssey. The Odyssey by Homer allows readers to associate the book with real life experiences. Odyssey is on his way home from Troy and he tells his tales about what he has encountered along his journey. However obstacles are slowing him down. The Odyssey tales are metaphors in real life. The Sirens are another way of showing temptations.The Scylla eating the the six men, similarly shows what happens during war.
As a psychology major, I've always wanted to know why we relate ourself to an actor/actress in movies. How is it that we mostly share the feeling of pain or sorrow with a character and not happiness or joy? After doing my research, I found out that our life experiences are the main reason for this cause. The two most important aspects for this cause is Empathy and Sympathy. These two things are what we expeirience on a day-to-day basis. Even after knowing that a character is fictional and that the scenes enacted by them are just a script written by someone, that "someone" makes the characters draw our attention
Fiction stories are those stories not true or factual and are created by the author. These stories are imagined by the author and narrated to the reader. The reader has the opportunity to add their own imagination to the story to make the reading even more enjoyable. Fiction relies on the imagination of the author and the imagination of the reader along with the elements of fiction. Fiction readings are in the form of realistic and non-realistic. When discussing these two types of fiction readings two stories come to mind. The realistic story that comes to mind is the story of “A & P” by John Updike. John Updike is “…considered one of the best of American writers of fiction and poetry” and his story of “A & P” proves to be an ideal example of fiction (V., and Zweig 370). The non-realistic story is “The Fox and the Grapes”, which is found in Aesop’s Fables. Both of these narratives contain elements of fiction easily identified and therefore entertaining to discuss. Characters and point of view are two of the elements of fiction found in these two short stories. Discussion of these two elements, expand on the knowledge of fiction stories through examples and definitions.
The art of telling stories has been around for countless years in many different forms, be it by drawing pictures depicting scenes on a wall, to speaking of great heroes from times past, to just writing down snippets of a young wizard’s life on napkins in a coffee shop (“Biography”). Even today, writing stories and creating fictional worlds is a tremendous part of life for many people. For those people, they have to find some way to get people to read their works and what they have to go through is quite interesting, but is more complicated than one would think. Writing a fiction books is more complicated in the fact that have to know how to properly write a story, they have to try and make a name for themselves, and they have to figure out how to actually make some money.
A narrative is specified to amuse, to attract, and grasp a reader’s attention. The types of narratives are fictitious, real or unification or both. However, they may consist of folk tale stories, mysteries, science fiction; romances, horror stories, adventure stories, fables, myths and legends, historical narratives, ballads, slice of life, and personal experience (“Narrative,” 2008). Therefore, narrative text has five shared elements. These are setting, characters, plot, theme, and vocabulary (“Narrative and Informational Text,” 2008). Narrative literature is originally written to communicate a story. Therefore, narrative literature that is written in an excellent way will have conflicts and can discuss shared aspects of human occurrence.