Narrative Verses Descriptive

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For this paper I was to write about the differences and the similarities of two essay I had chosen to read. In order to be able to understand and compare two essays you have to know the basics of narrative and descriptive essays in order to choose the correct essays to compare. I have chosen two essays that appealed to me, one made me laugh and take a look at what I am as a person, and the other one took me to a past moment that I had lived through in relation to the essay. In the essay “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady, this one shows all the essentials of a narrative essay. This is shown by the way it is written and the narrative voice in the writing. In the essay “One More to the Lake” by E.B. White it really stood out to me because it is one of those essays that brings the reader in by telling a story about real life, in a descriptive manner that brings the reader directly into the story. I believe that the narrative essay by Brady is written very well and has the superior writing style. Between narrative and descriptive essays there is a time and a place on when to use them, but the both have power behind them to capture the reader if written correctly.
A narrative composition appeals to one of humankind's basic instincts, the impulse to share stories. Sometimes the aim of the story-teller is simply to entertain, to provide a moment of escape from the business of the day or the horrors of the night, but sometimes the aim of the story-teller is to instruct, to help others in their understanding of something. Narrative essays are when the writer describes an event or a person from their eyes and does not need to be factual or too analytical but is more creative. ‘When we tell a story using a narration strategy, we attempt to bri...

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After reading and comparing the two essays “Once More to the Lake” by E.B. White and “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady if found that I preferred the narrative writing style of Brady. With her take on what a wife should be in relation to what a husband wants from a wife with a funny twist it kept my attention longer and I had more of a connection. I also had a connection to the essay of White, I found myself thinking of a summer I had once had which in turned distracted me from the essay. I would prefer to read essays or stories that contain more of the narrative and uses the descriptive points to within. Just as I had a connection with Brady I have the same connection to hearing family stories, and like them to be narrative in nature because the story has a purpose to relate to such as an event or lesson someone has learned.
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