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Narrative research aims to unravel consequential stories of people’s lives as told by them in their own words and worlds. In the context of the health, social sciences, and education, narrative research is both a data gathering and interpretive or analytical framework. It meets these twin goals admirably by having people make sense of their lived health and well-being in their social context as they understand it, including their self-belief-oriented stories. Narrative research falls within the realm of social constructivism or the philosophy that people’s lived stories capture the complexities and nuanced understanding of their significant experiences. This chapter presents a brief overview of the narrative research approaches as forms of inquiry based on storytelling and premised on the truth value of the stories to best represent the teller’s life world. The chapter also discusses data collection, analysis, and presentation utilizing narrative analysis. In doing so, this chapter provides illustrative examples applying narrative-oriented approaches to research in the health and social sciences. The chapter concludes by outlining the importance of narrative research to person-centric investigations in which the teller-informant view matters to the resulting body of knowledge.

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The Modes of Discourse—Exposition, Description, Narration, Argumentation (EDNA)—are common paper assignments you may encounter in your writing classes. Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the widespread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.

What is a narrative essay?

When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story. These essays are often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in a creative and, quite often, moving ways.

Here are some guidelines for writing a narrative essay.

  • If written as a story, the essay should include all the parts of a story.

This means that you must include an introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax, and conclusion.

  • When would a narrative essay not be written as a story?

A good example of this is when an instructor asks a student to write a book report. Obviously, this would not necessarily follow the pattern of a story and would focus on providing an informative narrative for the reader.

  • The essay should have a purpose.

Make a point! Think of this as the thesis of your story. If there is no point to what you are narrating, why narrate it at all?

  • The essay should be written from a clear point of view.

It is quite common for narrative essays to be written from the standpoint of the author; however, this is not the sole perspective to be considered. Creativity in narrative essays oftentimes manifests itself in the form of authorial perspective.

  • Use clear and concise language throughout the essay.

Much like the descriptive essay, narrative essays are effective when the language is carefully, particularly, and artfully chosen. Use specific language to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.

  • The use of the first person pronoun ‘I’ is welcomed.

Do not abuse this guideline! Though it is welcomed it is not necessary—nor should it be overused for lack of clearer diction.

  • As always, be organized!

Have a clear introduction that sets the tone for the remainder of the essay. Do not leave the reader guessing about the purpose of your narrative. Remember, you are in control of the essay, so guide it where you desire (just make sure your audience can follow your lead).

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An essay is a focused piece of writing designed to inform or persuade. There are many different types of essay, but they are often defined in four categories: argumentative, expository, narrative, and descriptive essays.

Argumentative and expository essays are focused on conveying information and making clear points, while narrative and descriptive essays are about exercising creativity and writing in an interesting way. At university level, argumentative essays are the most common type. 

In high school and college, you will also often have to write textual analysis essays, which test your skills in close reading and interpretation.

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An argumentative essay presents an extended, evidence-based argument. It requires a strong thesis statement —a clearly defined stance on your topic. Your aim is to convince the reader of your thesis using evidence (such as quotations ) and analysis.

Argumentative essays test your ability to research and present your own position on a topic. This is the most common type of essay at college level—most papers you write will involve some kind of argumentation.

The essay is divided into an introduction, body, and conclusion:

  • The introduction provides your topic and thesis statement
  • The body presents your evidence and arguments
  • The conclusion summarizes your argument and emphasizes its importance

The example below is a paragraph from the body of an argumentative essay about the effects of the internet on education. Mouse over it to learn more.

A common frustration for teachers is students’ use of Wikipedia as a source in their writing. Its prevalence among students is not exaggerated; a survey found that the vast majority of the students surveyed used Wikipedia (Head & Eisenberg, 2010). An article in The Guardian stresses a common objection to its use: “a reliance on Wikipedia can discourage students from engaging with genuine academic writing” (Coomer, 2013). Teachers are clearly not mistaken in viewing Wikipedia usage as ubiquitous among their students; but the claim that it discourages engagement with academic sources requires further investigation. This point is treated as self-evident by many teachers, but Wikipedia itself explicitly encourages students to look into other sources. Its articles often provide references to academic publications and include warning notes where citations are missing; the site’s own guidelines for research make clear that it should be used as a starting point, emphasizing that users should always “read the references and check whether they really do support what the article says” (“Wikipedia:Researching with Wikipedia,” 2020). Indeed, for many students, Wikipedia is their first encounter with the concepts of citation and referencing. The use of Wikipedia therefore has a positive side that merits deeper consideration than it often receives.

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An expository essay provides a clear, focused explanation of a topic. It doesn’t require an original argument, just a balanced and well-organized view of the topic.

Expository essays test your familiarity with a topic and your ability to organize and convey information. They are commonly assigned at high school or in exam questions at college level.

The introduction of an expository essay states your topic and provides some general background, the body presents the details, and the conclusion summarizes the information presented.

A typical body paragraph from an expository essay about the invention of the printing press is shown below. Mouse over it to learn more.

The invention of the printing press in 1440 changed this situation dramatically. Johannes Gutenberg, who had worked as a goldsmith, used his knowledge of metals in the design of the press. He made his type from an alloy of lead, tin, and antimony, whose durability allowed for the reliable production of high-quality books. This new technology allowed texts to be reproduced and disseminated on a much larger scale than was previously possible. The Gutenberg Bible appeared in the 1450s, and a large number of printing presses sprang up across the continent in the following decades. Gutenberg’s invention rapidly transformed cultural production in Europe; among other things, it would lead to the Protestant Reformation.

A narrative essay is one that tells a story. This is usually a story about a personal experience you had, but it may also be an imaginative exploration of something you have not experienced.

Narrative essays test your ability to build up a narrative in an engaging, well-structured way. They are much more personal and creative than other kinds of academic writing . Writing a personal statement for an application requires the same skills as a narrative essay.

A narrative essay isn’t strictly divided into introduction, body, and conclusion, but it should still begin by setting up the narrative and finish by expressing the point of the story—what you learned from your experience, or why it made an impression on you.

Mouse over the example below, a short narrative essay responding to the prompt “Write about an experience where you learned something about yourself,” to explore its structure.

Since elementary school, I have always favored subjects like science and math over the humanities. My instinct was always to think of these subjects as more solid and serious than classes like English. If there was no right answer, I thought, why bother? But recently I had an experience that taught me my academic interests are more flexible than I had thought: I took my first philosophy class.

Before I entered the classroom, I was skeptical. I waited outside with the other students and wondered what exactly philosophy would involve—I really had no idea. I imagined something pretty abstract: long, stilted conversations pondering the meaning of life. But what I got was something quite different.

A young man in jeans, Mr. Jones—“but you can call me Rob”—was far from the white-haired, buttoned-up old man I had half-expected. And rather than pulling us into pedantic arguments about obscure philosophical points, Rob engaged us on our level. To talk free will, we looked at our own choices. To talk ethics, we looked at dilemmas we had faced ourselves. By the end of class, I’d discovered that questions with no right answer can turn out to be the most interesting ones.

The experience has taught me to look at things a little more “philosophically”—and not just because it was a philosophy class! I learned that if I let go of my preconceptions, I can actually get a lot out of subjects I was previously dismissive of. The class taught me—in more ways than one—to look at things with an open mind.

A descriptive essay provides a detailed sensory description of something. Like narrative essays, they allow you to be more creative than most academic writing, but they are more tightly focused than narrative essays. You might describe a specific place or object, rather than telling a whole story.

Descriptive essays test your ability to use language creatively, making striking word choices to convey a memorable picture of what you’re describing.

A descriptive essay can be quite loosely structured, though it should usually begin by introducing the object of your description and end by drawing an overall picture of it. The important thing is to use careful word choices and figurative language to create an original description of your object.

Mouse over the example below, a response to the prompt “Describe a place you love to spend time in,” to learn more about descriptive essays.

On Sunday afternoons I like to spend my time in the garden behind my house. The garden is narrow but long, a corridor of green extending from the back of the house, and I sit on a lawn chair at the far end to read and relax. I am in my small peaceful paradise: the shade of the tree, the feel of the grass on my feet, the gentle activity of the fish in the pond beside me.

My cat crosses the garden nimbly and leaps onto the fence to survey it from above. From his perch he can watch over his little kingdom and keep an eye on the neighbours. He does this until the barking of next door’s dog scares him from his post and he bolts for the cat flap to govern from the safety of the kitchen.

With that, I am left alone with the fish, whose whole world is the pond by my feet. The fish explore the pond every day as if for the first time, prodding and inspecting every stone. I sometimes feel the same about sitting here in the garden; I know the place better than anyone, but whenever I return I still feel compelled to pay attention to all its details and novelties—a new bird perched in the tree, the growth of the grass, and the movement of the insects it shelters…

Sitting out in the garden, I feel serene. I feel at home. And yet I always feel there is more to discover. The bounds of my garden may be small, but there is a whole world contained within it, and it is one I will never get tired of inhabiting.

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Though every essay type tests your writing skills, some essays also test your ability to read carefully and critically. In a textual analysis essay, you don’t just present information on a topic, but closely analyze a text to explain how it achieves certain effects.

Rhetorical analysis

A rhetorical analysis looks at a persuasive text (e.g. a speech, an essay, a political cartoon) in terms of the rhetorical devices it uses, and evaluates their effectiveness.

The goal is not to state whether you agree with the author’s argument but to look at how they have constructed it.

The introduction of a rhetorical analysis presents the text, some background information, and your thesis statement; the body comprises the analysis itself; and the conclusion wraps up your analysis of the text, emphasizing its relevance to broader concerns.

The example below is from a rhetorical analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech . Mouse over it to learn more.

King’s speech is infused with prophetic language throughout. Even before the famous “dream” part of the speech, King’s language consistently strikes a prophetic tone. He refers to the Lincoln Memorial as a “hallowed spot” and speaks of rising “from the dark and desolate valley of segregation” to “make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” The assumption of this prophetic voice constitutes the text’s strongest ethical appeal; after linking himself with political figures like Lincoln and the Founding Fathers, King’s ethos adopts a distinctly religious tone, recalling Biblical prophets and preachers of change from across history. This adds significant force to his words; standing before an audience of hundreds of thousands, he states not just what the future should be, but what it will be: “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” This warning is almost apocalyptic in tone, though it concludes with the positive image of the “bright day of justice.” The power of King’s rhetoric thus stems not only from the pathos of his vision of a brighter future, but from the ethos of the prophetic voice he adopts in expressing this vision.

Literary analysis

A literary analysis essay presents a close reading of a work of literature—e.g. a poem or novel—to explore the choices made by the author and how they help to convey the text’s theme. It is not simply a book report or a review, but an in-depth interpretation of the text.

Literary analysis looks at things like setting, characters, themes, and figurative language. The goal is to closely analyze what the author conveys and how.

The introduction of a literary analysis essay presents the text and background, and provides your thesis statement; the body consists of close readings of the text with quotations and analysis in support of your argument; and the conclusion emphasizes what your approach tells us about the text.

Mouse over the example below, the introduction to a literary analysis essay on Frankenstein , to learn more.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often read as a crude cautionary tale about the dangers of scientific advancement unrestrained by ethical considerations. In this reading, protagonist Victor Frankenstein is a stable representation of the callous ambition of modern science throughout the novel. This essay, however, argues that far from providing a stable image of the character, Shelley uses shifting narrative perspectives to portray Frankenstein in an increasingly negative light as the novel goes on. While he initially appears to be a naive but sympathetic idealist, after the creature’s narrative Frankenstein begins to resemble—even in his own telling—the thoughtlessly cruel figure the creature represents him as. This essay begins by exploring the positive portrayal of Frankenstein in the first volume, then moves on to the creature’s perception of him, and finally discusses the third volume’s narrative shift toward viewing Frankenstein as the creature views him.

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At high school and in composition classes at university, you’ll often be told to write a specific type of essay , but you might also just be given prompts.

Look for keywords in these prompts that suggest a certain approach: The word “explain” suggests you should write an expository essay , while the word “describe” implies a descriptive essay . An argumentative essay might be prompted with the word “assess” or “argue.”

The vast majority of essays written at university are some sort of argumentative essay . Almost all academic writing involves building up an argument, though other types of essay might be assigned in composition classes.

Essays can present arguments about all kinds of different topics. For example:

  • In a literary analysis essay, you might make an argument for a specific interpretation of a text
  • In a history essay, you might present an argument for the importance of a particular event
  • In a politics essay, you might argue for the validity of a certain political theory

An argumentative essay tends to be a longer essay involving independent research, and aims to make an original argument about a topic. Its thesis statement makes a contentious claim that must be supported in an objective, evidence-based way.

An expository essay also aims to be objective, but it doesn’t have to make an original argument. Rather, it aims to explain something (e.g., a process or idea) in a clear, concise way. Expository essays are often shorter assignments and rely less on research.

The key difference is that a narrative essay is designed to tell a complete story, while a descriptive essay is meant to convey an intense description of a particular place, object, or concept.

Narrative and descriptive essays both allow you to write more personally and creatively than other kinds of essays , and similar writing skills can apply to both.

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Narrative analysis is a qualitative research methodology that involves examining and interpreting the stories or narratives people tell in order to gain insights into the meanings, experiences, and perspectives that underlie them. Narrative analysis can be applied to various forms of communication, including written texts, oral interviews, and visual media.

In narrative analysis, researchers typically examine the structure, content, and context of the narratives they are studying, paying close attention to the language, themes, and symbols used by the storytellers. They may also look for patterns or recurring motifs within the narratives, and consider the cultural and social contexts in which they are situated.

Types of Narrative Analysis

Types of Narrative Analysis are as follows:

Content Analysis

This type of narrative analysis involves examining the content of a narrative in order to identify themes, motifs, and other patterns. Researchers may use coding schemes to identify specific themes or categories within the text, and then analyze how they are related to each other and to the overall narrative. Content analysis can be used to study various forms of communication, including written texts, oral interviews, and visual media.

Structural Analysis

This type of narrative analysis focuses on the formal structure of a narrative, including its plot, character development, and use of literary devices. Researchers may analyze the narrative arc, the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist, or the use of symbolism and metaphor. Structural analysis can be useful for understanding how a narrative is constructed and how it affects the reader or audience.

Discourse Analysis

This type of narrative analysis focuses on the language and discourse used in a narrative, including the social and cultural context in which it is situated. Researchers may analyze the use of specific words or phrases, the tone and style of the narrative, or the ways in which social and cultural norms are reflected in the narrative. Discourse analysis can be useful for understanding how narratives are influenced by larger social and cultural structures.

Phenomenological Analysis

This type of narrative analysis focuses on the subjective experience of the narrator, and how they interpret and make sense of their experiences. Researchers may analyze the language used to describe experiences, the emotions expressed in the narrative, or the ways in which the narrator constructs meaning from their experiences. Phenomenological analysis can be useful for understanding how people make sense of their own lives and experiences.

Critical Analysis

This type of narrative analysis involves examining the political, social, and ideological implications of a narrative, and questioning its underlying assumptions and values. Researchers may analyze the ways in which a narrative reflects or reinforces dominant power structures, or how it challenges or subverts those structures. Critical analysis can be useful for understanding the role that narratives play in shaping social and cultural norms.


This type of narrative analysis involves using personal narratives to explore cultural experiences and identity formation. Researchers may use their own personal narratives to explore issues such as race, gender, or sexuality, and to understand how larger social and cultural structures shape individual experiences. Autoethnography can be useful for understanding how individuals negotiate and navigate complex cultural identities.

Thematic Analysis

This method involves identifying themes or patterns that emerge from the data, and then interpreting these themes in relation to the research question. Researchers may use a deductive approach, where they start with a pre-existing theoretical framework, or an inductive approach, where themes are generated from the data itself.

Narrative Analysis Conducting Guide

Here are some steps for conducting narrative analysis:

  • Identify the research question: Narrative analysis begins with identifying the research question or topic of interest. Researchers may want to explore a particular social or cultural phenomenon, or gain a deeper understanding of a particular individual’s experience.
  • Collect the narratives: Researchers then collect the narratives or stories that they will analyze. This can involve collecting written texts, conducting interviews, or analyzing visual media.
  • Transcribe and code the narratives: Once the narratives have been collected, they are transcribed into a written format, and then coded in order to identify themes, motifs, or other patterns. Researchers may use a coding scheme that has been developed specifically for the study, or they may use an existing coding scheme.
  • Analyze the narratives: Researchers then analyze the narratives, focusing on the themes, motifs, and other patterns that have emerged from the coding process. They may also analyze the formal structure of the narratives, the language used, and the social and cultural context in which they are situated.
  • Interpret the findings: Finally, researchers interpret the findings of the narrative analysis, and draw conclusions about the meanings, experiences, and perspectives that underlie the narratives. They may use the findings to develop theories, make recommendations, or inform further research.

Applications of Narrative Analysis

Narrative analysis is a versatile qualitative research method that has applications across a wide range of fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, literature, and history. Here are some examples of how narrative analysis can be used:

  • Understanding individuals’ experiences: Narrative analysis can be used to gain a deeper understanding of individuals’ experiences, including their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. For example, psychologists might use narrative analysis to explore the stories that individuals tell about their experiences with mental illness.
  • Exploring cultural and social phenomena: Narrative analysis can also be used to explore cultural and social phenomena, such as gender, race, and identity. Sociologists might use narrative analysis to examine how individuals understand and experience their gender identity.
  • Analyzing historical events: Narrative analysis can be used to analyze historical events, including those that have been recorded in literary texts or personal accounts. Historians might use narrative analysis to explore the stories of survivors of historical traumas, such as war or genocide.
  • Examining media representations: Narrative analysis can be used to examine media representations of social and cultural phenomena, such as news stories, films, or television shows. Communication scholars might use narrative analysis to examine how news media represent different social groups.
  • Developing interventions: Narrative analysis can be used to develop interventions to address social and cultural problems. For example, social workers might use narrative analysis to understand the experiences of individuals who have experienced domestic violence, and then use that knowledge to develop more effective interventions.

Examples of Narrative Analysis

Here are some examples of how narrative analysis has been used in research:

  • Personal narratives of illness: Researchers have used narrative analysis to examine the personal narratives of individuals living with chronic illness, to understand how they make sense of their experiences and construct their identities.
  • Oral histories: Historians have used narrative analysis to analyze oral histories to gain insights into individuals’ experiences of historical events and social movements.
  • Children’s stories: Researchers have used narrative analysis to analyze children’s stories to understand how they understand and make sense of the world around them.
  • Personal diaries : Researchers have used narrative analysis to examine personal diaries to gain insights into individuals’ experiences of significant life events, such as the loss of a loved one or the transition to adulthood.
  • Memoirs : Researchers have used narrative analysis to analyze memoirs to understand how individuals construct their life stories and make sense of their experiences.
  • Life histories : Researchers have used narrative analysis to examine life histories to gain insights into individuals’ experiences of migration, displacement, or social exclusion.

Purpose of Narrative Analysis

The purpose of narrative analysis is to gain a deeper understanding of the stories that individuals tell about their experiences, identities, and beliefs. By analyzing the structure, content, and context of these stories, researchers can uncover patterns and themes that shed light on the ways in which individuals make sense of their lives and the world around them.

The primary purpose of narrative analysis is to explore the meanings that individuals attach to their experiences. This involves examining the different elements of a story, such as the plot, characters, setting, and themes, to identify the underlying values, beliefs, and attitudes that shape the story. By analyzing these elements, researchers can gain insights into the ways in which individuals construct their identities, understand their relationships with others, and make sense of the world.

Narrative analysis can also be used to identify patterns and themes across multiple stories. This involves comparing and contrasting the stories of different individuals or groups to identify commonalities and differences. By analyzing these patterns and themes, researchers can gain insights into broader cultural and social phenomena, such as gender, race, and identity.

In addition, narrative analysis can be used to develop interventions that address social and cultural problems. By understanding the stories that individuals tell about their experiences, researchers can develop interventions that are tailored to the unique needs of different individuals and groups.

Overall, the purpose of narrative analysis is to provide a rich, nuanced understanding of the ways in which individuals construct meaning and make sense of their lives. By analyzing the stories that individuals tell, researchers can gain insights into the complex and multifaceted nature of human experience.

When to use Narrative Analysis

Here are some situations where narrative analysis may be appropriate:

  • Studying life stories: Narrative analysis can be useful in understanding how individuals construct their life stories, including the events, characters, and themes that are important to them.
  • Analyzing cultural narratives: Narrative analysis can be used to analyze cultural narratives, such as myths, legends, and folktales, to understand their meanings and functions.
  • Exploring organizational narratives: Narrative analysis can be helpful in examining the stories that organizations tell about themselves, their histories, and their values, to understand how they shape the culture and practices of the organization.
  • Investigating media narratives: Narrative analysis can be used to analyze media narratives, such as news stories, films, and TV shows, to understand how they construct meaning and influence public perceptions.
  • Examining policy narratives: Narrative analysis can be helpful in examining policy narratives, such as political speeches and policy documents, to understand how they construct ideas and justify policy decisions.

Characteristics of Narrative Analysis

Here are some key characteristics of narrative analysis:

  • Focus on stories and narratives: Narrative analysis is concerned with analyzing the stories and narratives that people tell, whether they are oral or written, to understand how they shape and reflect individuals’ experiences and identities.
  • Emphasis on context: Narrative analysis seeks to understand the context in which the narratives are produced and the social and cultural factors that shape them.
  • Interpretive approach: Narrative analysis is an interpretive approach that seeks to identify patterns and themes in the stories and narratives and to understand the meaning that individuals and communities attach to them.
  • Iterative process: Narrative analysis involves an iterative process of analysis, in which the researcher continually refines their understanding of the narratives as they examine more data.
  • Attention to language and form : Narrative analysis pays close attention to the language and form of the narratives, including the use of metaphor, imagery, and narrative structure, to understand the meaning that individuals and communities attach to them.
  • Reflexivity : Narrative analysis requires the researcher to reflect on their own assumptions and biases and to consider how their own positionality may shape their interpretation of the narratives.
  • Qualitative approach: Narrative analysis is typically a qualitative research method that involves in-depth analysis of a small number of cases rather than large-scale quantitative studies.

Advantages of Narrative Analysis

Here are some advantages of narrative analysis:

  • Rich and detailed data : Narrative analysis provides rich and detailed data that allows for a deep understanding of individuals’ experiences, emotions, and identities.
  • Humanizing approach: Narrative analysis allows individuals to tell their own stories and express their own perspectives, which can help to humanize research and give voice to marginalized communities.
  • Holistic understanding: Narrative analysis allows researchers to understand individuals’ experiences in their entirety, including the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which they occur.
  • Flexibility : Narrative analysis is a flexible research method that can be applied to a wide range of contexts and research questions.
  • Interpretive insights: Narrative analysis provides interpretive insights into the meanings that individuals attach to their experiences and the ways in which they construct their identities.
  • Appropriate for sensitive topics: Narrative analysis can be particularly useful in researching sensitive topics, such as trauma or mental health, as it allows individuals to express their experiences in their own words and on their own terms.
  • Can lead to policy implications: Narrative analysis can provide insights that can inform policy decisions and interventions, particularly in areas such as health, education, and social policy.

Limitations of Narrative Analysis

Here are some of the limitations of narrative analysis:

  • Subjectivity : Narrative analysis relies on the interpretation of researchers, which can be influenced by their own biases and assumptions.
  • Limited generalizability: Narrative analysis typically involves in-depth analysis of a small number of cases, which limits its generalizability to broader populations.
  • Ethical considerations: The process of eliciting and analyzing narratives can raise ethical concerns, particularly when sensitive topics such as trauma or abuse are involved.
  • Limited control over data collection: Narrative analysis often relies on data that is already available, such as interviews, oral histories, or written texts, which can limit the control that researchers have over the quality and completeness of the data.
  • Time-consuming: Narrative analysis can be a time-consuming research method, particularly when analyzing large amounts of data.
  • Interpretation challenges: Narrative analysis requires researchers to make complex interpretations of data, which can be challenging and time-consuming.
  • Limited statistical analysis: Narrative analysis is typically a qualitative research method that does not lend itself well to statistical analysis.

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08 May 2022

Essays come in many types , each with its own unique features. Some are descriptive in nature, and others can be more persuasive. In this guide, the focus is on the narrative essay. This is a particular type of work that involves the use of narration or telling a story.

We'll give you a further explanation of what this type of essay is. Additionally, we'll show you how to write a narrative essay so you're more confident about writing your own. Our guide also covers the narrative format and the different essay types you can write.

A Narrative Essay Explained

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To define this type of essay, we should explore what narrative writing is. This is a type of writing whose purpose is to tell the reader a story. It involves characters, settings, and a plot that gets resolved. If it's fictional, everything's made up. Novels are a good example of fictional narrative writing. On the other hand, if the writing is factual, everything is based on real-life events.

Academic assignments that involve narrative essay writing nearly always require you to write factual content. Therefore, the bulk of your work should be a true story whose details can be backed up by facts.

If you're wondering how to write narrative writing, imagine you're telling a story to someone you know. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The opening sets the scene, and the ending concludes everything. The middle consists of the story's most important parts; it can be as short or long as you need. However long your narrative text is, you should remember that you're telling a story,y and it should flow well.

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  • Write about the time you met your best friend.
  • Write a story about your first trip to the beach.

Open-ended Prompts

  • Write about something you did that you are very happy about.
  • Write a story about what you'd like your future life to be.

The Narrative Essay and the Short Story: Key Differences

This type of essay and the short story have some similarities and differences. It's important to understand what structures the two have so your own piece of work sticks to the required format.

You'll have to rely on facts when writing a narrative essay for a college or university assessment. Your writing should give the reader a clear summary of what happened. You'll also have to stick to a word count, if there is one, and follow the general narrative essay structure that markers are looking for. A thesis statement in the opening section should summarise your paper's key argument.

As for a short story, this is fictional, and what happens is the product of the writer's imagination. It doesn't require a thesis statement, and its structure is much more fluid than a narrative essay. There's no set way to approach one and you can be as creative as you like with the content.

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A Narrative Essay's Aim

If you're not sure how to start a narrative essay, ask yourself why you want to tell people this particular story; what's your purpose in sharing it with others. When someone writes a story, no matter what genre it is, they want it to impact those who read it; they want their readers to react in a particular way. If someone writes a horror story, for example, their purpose will be to make their readers feel afraid and frightened.

You should want readers to be engaged with your story. The more closely someone reads your work, the more likely they will take it in and react to it. To make the story more compelling and effective, write it in the best way possible. This involves using the right language, having a clear structure, and making sure your writing is clear.

  • Write about the moment you overcame your biggest concern.
  • Write a story about your thoughts on what courage is.
  • Write about a trip you will never forget.
  • Write a story about starting a relationship.

What Makes a Good Narrative Essay?

A good narrative essay should draw readers in, tell them a story that leaves an impression on them and finish with a definitive conclusion. It includes all the familiar elements of a story without being as long as one. It should also let the reader know what you make of the story and your thoughts about it.

What's also crucial is the structure and format of a narrative essay. These make your work presentable and readable.

Elements of Narrative Essays

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Several key components, or elements, make up this type of essay. These include characters, speech, and theme.

  • Characters are the backbone of any story and are very significant in narrative essays. Not only do they drive the plot forward, but they also interact with one another. Each has a personality and background; sometimes, one or both may directly influence the story's action. 
  • More often than not, the story part will include some speech. This reflects the conversations that characters have with one another or thoughts they may have. 
  • The theme is the main idea or meaning behind the story. It's a concept that a writer can express to the reader through the story's plot, setting, and characters. The thesis statement should mention the theme and summarize what it is.

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Common Narrative Essay Types

There are multiple types of narrative essays. Most college and university assignments require your work to be factual. Your work will be fictional for some courses, such as creative writing. You'll find some of the main types below:

  • Factual. When writing a factual (or nonfiction) narrative essay, you retell real-life events for others. You'll look at evidence from one or more sources to put the story together.
  • Fictional. For fictional narrative essays, you can be creative and develop any story you want. Since it's for an academic assignment, it should still have some purpose and meaning.
  • Autobiographical. An autobiographical essay involves writing down a story you're directly involved in. This is a factual piece of academic writing where you're sharing with the reader something you've experienced. If you want, you'll use the first person and can inject your telling of the story with thoughts and opinions.
  • Write about an experience that put you in danger.
  • Write a story about a time when you discovered a secret.
  • Write about a day you experienced that was unlike any other.
  • Write a story about a memorable summer vacation.

Types of Narrative Writing

When thinking of how to start an essay for college , you should try to decide on the writing you'll be using. Below are some types to consider:

  • Linear. When taking a linear approach to the writing, you'll describe the story's events in the order they happened. One event will follow from the previous one and lead into the next one. 
  • Non-linear. Should you take a non-linear approach, you'll tell the story's events out of sequence. This may include flashbacks or even flashforwards.
  • Quest. Some stories are a sequence of events and characters reacting to these. Others are more like a quest where a person actively tries to complete a goal, which becomes their entire purpose.
  • Viewpoint. With a viewpoint type of narration, the main character narrates the events from their point of view. Instead of just about the plot, it's just as much about the narrator's opinions, ideas, and feelings. 
  • Descriptive. For this type of narrative writing, you should be very descriptive and use vivid details. Readers should be able to picture the story's setting and visualize what the characters in it look like.

Your story should make sense, whatever type of narrative writing you choose. The paragraphs should connect in a clear and logical way. If you choose a non-linear style, the reader should be able to tell that the events aren't in the right order.

If you're stuck on how to write a narrative paragraph, remember that it should be concise. It should also connect with the one before and after it. Your work ideally won't have any blocks of text that stand out or are separate from the rest of the writing. For your essay to read well, there should be links from one paragraph to the next.

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The Length of a Narrative Essay

When it comes to writing a narrative essay, there's no set length. The required word count will vary depending on who's setting the work and what institution is running your course. Some narrative essays can be as short as 500 words, whereas others may have a few hundred more. Sometimes, your narrative essay guidelines may require at least 1,000 words.

You must stick to it if given a word count, e.g., 500-600 words. Without restriction, it's up to you how long your work should be. An ideal narrative essay should be at least a few hundred words long. It should have a clear beginning and conclusion, with three or more body sections.

However long your assignment is, it should be direct and to the point. An essay that's narrative should retell the critical points of a story without necessarily going into detail. You should only include the most important characters, locations, and events. By all means, have some descriptive language, but don't overdo it.

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Guidelines for Writing a Narrative Essay

If you're wondering how to write a good narrative essay, we'll cover some of the most important guidelines in this section. Follow these, and you should find your work much easier to approach and complete. Use our guidelines, and you should better understand how to write narrative essays.

How Do You Start a Narrative Essay?

First, you'll receive a prompt from your lecturer/tutor. This is the instruction your lecturer/tutor gives you when setting the assignment. When you have this, you should start gathering ideas about your writing. Come up with a title - unless your essay has a set title - and consider how you will approach the story aspect of your writing.

When coming up with your story, think about how you would tell it to someone else. Break it down into a number of events that follow one another. When writing it, you should try to draw the reader in by using descriptive language and adding plenty of relevant details. The aim is to interest whoever's reading your work but not to bore them. They should want to keep reading and find out the story's conclusion.

Here are some prompts that you can use:

  • Write about the best birthday party you had.
  • Write a story about the first time you cooked a meal by yourself.
  • Write about a life lesson you have learned.
  • Write a story about your best childhood memory.

How to Choose an Essay Topic?

The topic you'll be writing about will depend on your prompt. This can fall under two categories: specific and open-ended.

If you have a specific prompt, you will write about a particular event or series of events. If it's an open-ended one, you don't have to write about something specific and have more choice in your topic.

The number and range of narrative writing topics are endless. The benefit of having a specific prompt is that it's easier to determine what you'll be writing about. All you'll have to do is think about what the prompt directs you toward and tell the story it asks of you.

If your prompt is open-ended, choosing a topic to write about can be tricky because there can be many possibilities. It would be best to settle on one that the reader will find interesting, engaging, and relevant.

  • Write about an old friend you've lost touch with and why it happened.
  • Write a story about your observation of a cowardly act.
  • Write about a hobby you like.
  • Write a story about the first time you took a trip abroad.

How to Format and Structure a Narrative Essay?

The structure of the narrative essay is straightforward. There are four key parts: the introduction, the thesis statement, the body, and the conclusion.

  • The introduction provides the reader with an overview of your essay. The thesis statement is a brief summary of your work's main points. 
  • The body is where you tell the story. After introducing your characters and establishing the setting, you'll narrate the story's events and move the plot forward. Most narrative essays have a minimum of three body paragraphs.
  • The conclusion is where you bring the story's plot to an end. You should also comment on it, explaining why it's significant and what benefits it may have.

It's important for you to stick to the standard structure of a narrative essay. Doing so helps you present the story in a logical way. It also makes your piece of writing easier to read.

As for the format of a narrative essay, this should be professional. The final work you submit should look like any other academic essay. The writing should have an appropriate font and size. As well as this, things like indentation, spacing, and paragraph sizing should all be consistent. Your narrative essay format is just as important as the content because academic submissions require certain standard formatting.

The exact type of narrative writing format you use will depend on your college or university. Some institutions will have a set formatting style that all academic writing submissions will have to follow.

Narrative Essay Outline

A narative essay outline is a general sort of plan that you'll use to write your essay. When putting one together, you should think about the content of your work and how you will present this to the reader. It's a good idea to consider the language you'll be using, how long your sentences and paragraphs will be, how often you'll use speech, and so on. 

The introduction should do two things: catch the attention of the reader; make them want to continue reading. It should also intrigue them about your essay's topic and what you have to say about it. Once you've written one, it's a good idea to let others read it and see if it makes them want to find out more about your work.

The body is the bulk of your essay and is where most storytelling takes place. The first paragraph should set the scene, introduce at least one character and establish the basics of the plot. Over the next few paragraphs, you should develop everything you previously introduced. Once the reader is done with the body section, they should know your characters and plot quite well. 

The conclusion is very important because it's where you conclude the story and reflect on it. This final section should sum up what you've learned and how you want the story to affect others. It should also link back to your thesis statement in some way. 

For more information and help with writing, read our narrative essay outline example article. This includes a full step-by-step guide that you may find useful.

Narrative Essay Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is a short sentence in the introduction that sums up what your essay is about. It gives the reader a clear idea of the paper's key argument without revealing too much about the story. If you're wondering how to structure a narrative essay, a rule of thumb is to place the thesis statement at the end of the introduction. This way, it naturally leads into the main part of your paper.

Here are some examples of a good thesis statement:

I have only one life and will use every opportunity to be happy.

Love has changed my whole life and made me a new person; here's why.

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Narrative Analysis 101

Everything you need to know to get started

By: Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD)| Expert Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | March 2023

If you’re new to research, the host of qualitative analysis methods available to you can be a little overwhelming. In this post, we’ll  unpack the sometimes slippery topic of narrative analysis . We’ll explain what it is, consider its strengths and weaknesses , and look at when and when not to use this analysis method. 

Overview: Narrative Analysis

  • What is narrative analysis (simple definition)
  • The two overarching approaches  
  • The strengths & weaknesses of narrative analysis
  • When (and when not) to use it
  • Key takeaways

What Is Narrative Analysis?

Simply put, narrative analysis is a qualitative analysis method focused on interpreting human experiences and motivations by looking closely at the stories (the narratives) people tell in a particular context.

In other words, a narrative analysis interprets long-form participant responses or written stories as data, to uncover themes and meanings . That data could be taken from interviews, monologues, written stories, or even recordings. In other words, narrative analysis can be used on both primary and secondary data to provide evidence from the experiences described.

That’s all quite conceptual, so let’s look at an example of how narrative analysis could be used.

Let’s say you’re interested in researching the beliefs of a particular author on popular culture. In that case, you might identify the characters , plotlines , symbols and motifs used in their stories. You could then use narrative analysis to analyse these in combination and against the backdrop of the relevant context.

This would allow you to interpret the underlying meanings and implications in their writing, and what they reveal about the beliefs of the author. In other words, you’d look to understand the views of the author by analysing the narratives that run through their work.

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The Two Overarching Approaches

Generally speaking, there are two approaches that one can take to narrative analysis. Specifically, an inductive approach or a deductive approach. Each one will have a meaningful impact on how you interpret your data and the conclusions you can draw, so it’s important that you understand the difference.

First up is the inductive approach to narrative analysis.

The inductive approach takes a bottom-up view , allowing the data to speak for itself, without the influence of any preconceived notions . With this approach, you begin by looking at the data and deriving patterns and themes that can be used to explain the story, as opposed to viewing the data through the lens of pre-existing hypotheses, theories or frameworks. In other words, the analysis is led by the data.

For example, with an inductive approach, you might notice patterns or themes in the way an author presents their characters or develops their plot. You’d then observe these patterns, develop an interpretation of what they might reveal in the context of the story, and draw conclusions relative to the aims of your research.

Contrasted to this is the deductive approach.

With the deductive approach to narrative analysis, you begin by using existing theories that a narrative can be tested against . Here, the analysis adopts particular theoretical assumptions and/or provides hypotheses, and then looks for evidence in a story that will either verify or disprove them.

For example, your analysis might begin with a theory that wealthy authors only tell stories to get the sympathy of their readers. A deductive analysis might then look at the narratives of wealthy authors for evidence that will substantiate (or refute) the theory and then draw conclusions about its accuracy, and suggest explanations for why that might or might not be the case.

Which approach you should take depends on your research aims, objectives and research questions . If these are more exploratory in nature, you’ll likely take an inductive approach. Conversely, if they are more confirmatory in nature, you’ll likely opt for the deductive approach.

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Strengths & Weaknesses

Now that we have a clearer view of what narrative analysis is and the two approaches to it, it’s important to understand its strengths and weaknesses , so that you can make the right choices in your research project.

A primary strength of narrative analysis is the rich insight it can generate by uncovering the underlying meanings and interpretations of human experience. The focus on an individual narrative highlights the nuances and complexities of their experience, revealing details that might be missed or considered insignificant by other methods.

Another strength of narrative analysis is the range of topics it can be used for. The focus on human experience means that a narrative analysis can democratise your data analysis, by revealing the value of individuals’ own interpretation of their experience in contrast to broader social, cultural, and political factors.

All that said, just like all analysis methods, narrative analysis has its weaknesses. It’s important to understand these so that you can choose the most appropriate method for your particular research project.

The first drawback of narrative analysis is the problem of subjectivity and interpretation . In other words, a drawback of the focus on stories and their details is that they’re open to being understood differently depending on who’s reading them. This means that a strong understanding of the author’s cultural context is crucial to developing your interpretation of the data. At the same time, it’s important that you remain open-minded in how you interpret your chosen narrative and avoid making any assumptions .

A second weakness of narrative analysis is the issue of reliability and generalisation . Since narrative analysis depends almost entirely on a subjective narrative and your interpretation, the findings and conclusions can’t usually be generalised or empirically verified. Although some conclusions can be drawn about the cultural context, they’re still based on what will almost always be anecdotal data and not suitable for the basis of a theory, for example.

Last but not least, the focus on long-form data expressed as stories means that narrative analysis can be very time-consuming . In addition to the source data itself, you will have to be well informed on the author’s cultural context as well as other interpretations of the narrative, where possible, to ensure you have a holistic view. So, if you’re going to undertake narrative analysis, make sure that you allocate a generous amount of time to work through the data.

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When To Use Narrative Analysis

As a qualitative method focused on analysing and interpreting narratives describing human experiences, narrative analysis is usually most appropriate for research topics focused on social, personal, cultural , or even ideological events or phenomena and how they’re understood at an individual level.

For example, if you were interested in understanding the experiences and beliefs of individuals suffering social marginalisation, you could use narrative analysis to look at the narratives and stories told by people in marginalised groups to identify patterns , symbols , or motifs that shed light on how they rationalise their experiences.

In this example, narrative analysis presents a good natural fit as it’s focused on analysing people’s stories to understand their views and beliefs at an individual level. Conversely, if your research was geared towards understanding broader themes and patterns regarding an event or phenomena, analysis methods such as content analysis or thematic analysis may be better suited, depending on your research aim .

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Let’s recap

In this post, we’ve explored the basics of narrative analysis in qualitative research. The key takeaways are:

  • Narrative analysis is a qualitative analysis method focused on interpreting human experience in the form of stories or narratives .
  • There are two overarching approaches to narrative analysis: the inductive (exploratory) approach and the deductive (confirmatory) approach.
  • Like all analysis methods, narrative analysis has a particular set of strengths and weaknesses .
  • Narrative analysis is generally most appropriate for research focused on interpreting individual, human experiences as expressed in detailed , long-form accounts.

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Personal Narratives of Trauma: Analysing personal stories of individuals who have experienced trauma to understand the impact, coping mechanisms, and healing processes.

Identity Formation in Immigrant Communities: Examining the narratives of immigrants to explore how they construct and negotiate their identities in a new cultural context.

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Many students struggle with crafting engaging and impactful narrative essays. They often find it challenging to weave their personal experiences into coherent and compelling stories.

If you’re having a hard time, don't worry! 

We’ve compiled a range of narrative essay examples that will serve as helpful tools for you to get started. These examples will provide a clear path for crafting engaging and powerful narrative essays.

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What Is A Narrative Essay?

Writing a narrative essay is a unique form of storytelling that revolves around personal experiences, aiming to immerse the reader in the author's world. It's a piece of writing that delves into the depths of thoughts and feelings. 

In a narrative essay, life experiences take center stage, serving as the main substance of the story. It's a powerful tool for writers to convey a personal journey, turning experiences into a captivating tale. This form of storytelling is an artful display of emotions intended to engage readers, leaving the reader feeling like they are a part of the story.

By focusing on a specific theme, event, emotions, and reflections, a narrative essay weaves a storyline that leads the reader through the author's experiences. 

The Essentials of Narrative Essays

Let's start with the basics. The four types of essays are argumentative essays , descriptive essays , expository essays , and narrative essays.

The goal of a narrative essay is to tell a compelling tale from one person's perspective. A narrative essay uses all components you’d find in a typical story, such as a beginning, middle, and conclusion, as well as plot, characters, setting, and climax.

The narrative essay's goal is the plot, which should be detailed enough to reach a climax. Here's how it works:

  • It's usually presented in chronological order.
  • It has a function. This is typically evident in the thesis statement's opening paragraph.
  • It may include speech.
  • It's told with sensory details and vivid language, drawing the reader in. All of these elements are connected to the writer's major argument in some way.

Before writing your essay, make sure you go through a sufficient number of narrative essay examples. These examples will help you in knowing the dos and don’ts of a good narrative essay.

It is always a better option to have some sense of direction before you start anything. Below, you can find important details and a bunch of narrative essay examples. These examples will also help you build your content according to the format. 

Here is a how to start a narrative essay example:

Sample Narrative Essay

The examples inform the readers about the writing style and structure of the narration. The essay below will help you understand how to create a story and build this type of essay in no time.

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Narrative Essay Examples for Students

Narrative essays offer students a platform to express their experiences and creativity. These examples show how to effectively structure and present personal stories for education.

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Narrative Essay Topics

Here are some narrative essay topics to help you get started with your narrative essay writing.

  • When I got my first bunny
  • When I moved to Canada
  • I haven’t experienced this freezing temperature ever before
  • The moment I won the basketball finale
  • A memorable day at the museum
  • How I talk to my parrot
  • The day I saw the death
  • When I finally rebelled against my professor

Need more topics? Check out these extensive narrative essay topics to get creative ideas!

Narrative Essay Writing Tips

Narrative essays give you the freedom to be creative, but it can be tough to make yours special. Use these tips to make your story interesting:

  • Share your story from a personal viewpoint, engaging the reader with your experiences.
  • Use vivid descriptions to paint a clear picture of the setting, characters, and emotions involved.
  • Organize events in chronological order for a smooth and understandable narrative.
  • Bring characters to life through their actions, dialogue, and personalities.
  • Employ dialogue sparingly to add realism and progression to the narrative.
  • Engage readers by evoking emotions through your storytelling.
  • End with reflection or a lesson learned from the experience, providing insight.

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Narrative essay structure and outline

  • If you are dealing with a story-type narration, your essay must involve all the important components of telling a good story. You should include an introduction paragraph with a setting, the plot itself, and character profiles, among other things. As a rule, it should provide a build-up with a climax and a strong conclusion with a moral lesson.
  • Every narrative essay should have at least one argumentative point or a lesson to deliver. Your target audience must be able to catch the connection between your topic and the story you represent.
  • Writing a narrative essay, make your point of view clear and keep things narrowed down. It is one of those rare essays where writing in the first person is recommended to increase engagement.
  • Implement descriptive words and literary devices like allegories and metaphors. The purpose is to spark an emotional response and help your readers become a part of the narration.
  • Remember to format your story according to transitions and use topic sentences in every body paragraph to make transitions smooth and accessible to your readers.


How to start a narrative essay?

Step-by-step writing guide to exemplary narrative essay, 1. brainstorming, 2. drafting your narration, 3. revision, 5. proofreading aloud, narrative essay format examples and helpful tips.

  • Start your essay with a moral take on things, a question, a verified fact, a definition, a strong quote, or any thought-provoking fact.
  • Add examples and more sensory descriptions to your essay. Talk about what you hear, smell, sense, etc.
  • Avoid using colloquial language and slang even when you have to write a personal narrative essay for college.
  • Do your best to be as descriptive as possible.
  • Keep your sentence structure varied and use topic sentences.
  • Use chronological order to describe events. It is much easier to tell a story this way and make sure everything is clear.
  • Use transition words and proofread your flow twice as you write.

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Imagine being put in a time capsule with an artificial intelligence chauffeur who asks you, 'Which one of your memories would you like to access?'.

This scenario is rather accurate for a narrative essay. Your storyline, voice, and writing style distinguish this type of writing from others. The best option to satisfy your professor's demands and the criteria outlined in the grading scale is to acquire prompt academic assistance from the EssayPro's narrative essay writing service . Continue reading to find out how to write a narrative essay like a true professional and have a look at our narrative essay examples below!

Narrative Essay Definition and Types of Essay

Before we continue, let's briefly discuss what is a narrative paper. A narrative essay definition is a form of academic assignment that uses a tale about the author's personal experience to make a point. It's not enough to merely tell an amusing tale. Narrative essays rely on settings, character growth, dialogue, conflicts & resolutions, and turning points.

The other purpose of such writing is to stress reasons for sharing the episode and the significance of the experience provided. The narrative essay structure is less rigidly organized than the persuasive essay.

Speaking of which, a narrative essay format follows a typical layout. Everything in these papers needs to maintain a predetermined chronology and have a distinct beginning, middle, and end.

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How to Choose Narrative Essay Topics

Literacy Narrative Essay Topics for College Students

Brainstorm the following literacy narrative essay topics for college:

  • The Book That Ignited Your Passion for Literature
  • A Book or Writer That Has Had an Enormous Effect on Your Writing
  • How You Developed the Ability to Read and Compose
  • Your Journey with Learning a Foreign Language
  • A Tutor or Guide Who Sparked Your Passion for Literature
  • The Effects of Technology on Your Reading and Writing Practices
  • How Reading and Writing Have Impacted Your Sense of Self and Outlook on Life
  • A Noteworthy Written Task or Venture
  • A Literary Figure That You Can Identify With Personally
  • How Reading Affects Your Capacity for Critical Thought
  • Why Keeping a Personal Notebook Is Valuable
  • The Influence of Literature on Standards of Society and Culture
  • The Impact That Social Media Has on Literary and Verbal Habits
  • The Importance of Literacy in Terms of Your Job Aspirations
  • Your Prior Experience Crafting a Novel or Other Substantial Piece of Literature
  • The Value of Reading and Composing in Everyday Situations
  • How Writing Has Assisted You in Overcoming Hardships or Traumatic Experiences
  • The Effects of Literature and Reading on Emotional Wellness
  • The Impact of Bookshops or Libraries on Your Literary Habits
  • The Impact of a Specific Literary Genre on Your Literary and Artistic Patterns

Personal Narrative Essay Topics on Relationships

Ponder your past experiences and share them with others through these personal narrative essay ideas:

  • The Influence of Your Early Life on the Decisions You Make About Your Relationships
  • A Partnership That Came as a Surprise
  • The Growth of Your Bond with a Brother or Sister or Parent
  • A Moment When You Had to Finish a Detrimental Relationship
  • The Importance of Communication in Preserving Strong Connections
  • A Sudden Conclusion to a Relationship
  • The Consequences of Having a Relationship over a Long Distance
  • A Connection That Aided You in Discovering a New Enthusiasm or Hobby
  • The Feeling of Being in Love for the First Time
  • A Connection That Showed You the Importance of Compassion
  • An Affiliation That Enlightened You to the Significance of a Societal Matter
  • The Tribulations and Successes of Keeping a Lasting Bond.
  • My Journey Through Long-Distance Love: What I've Learned.
  • The Effect of My Parents Splitting Up on My Own Connections.
  • How a Close Pal Aided Me During a Difficult Separation.
  • Exploring the Path to Loving Myself and Others: The Significance of Interaction in Establishing Lasting Connections.
  • Growing from Betrayal: Relearning to Trust Again.
  • The Value of Shared Beliefs in a Romantic Partnership.
  • My Relationship with my Sibling: Reflections on Forgiveness and Compassion.
  • Uncovering Friendship in Unexpected Areas

Best Narrative Essay Topics on Education and Learning

Check out some good narrative essay topics - from special moments to everyday experiences - to get your creativity flowing and tell your story.

  • How Teachers Shape Students' Lives
  • My Journey with Online Learning During the Pandemic
  • The Influence of School Uniforms on Students' Educational Experience
  • Battling a Learning Disability or Difficulty
  • The Significance of Extracurricular Activities in Education
  • Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
  • How Learning a Second Language can be Advantageous
  • Technology's Influence on Teaching and Education
  • My Involvement in Overseas Study Programs
  • The Issues Facing First-Time University Attendees.
  • The Influence of Social Expectations on Education and Learning.
  • Rewards and Drawbacks of Standard Examinations.
  • The Relevance of Analytical Thinking in Education.
  • The Effects of Parental Participation on Student Achievement.
  • My Most Impactful Educational Encounter.
  • The Importance of Libraries in Teaching and Education.
  • The Advantages of Continuing Education.
  • The Significance of Imagination in Instruction
  • The Merit of a Liberal Arts Education
  • The Influence of Education on Intergenerational Mobility

Personal Narrative Essay Ideas on Reflection on Life

Grant readers the chance to gain insight into your individual experiences and feelings in an interesting and captivating manner through these ideas for personal narratives:

  • The Most Memorable Experience of My Life So Far
  • A Challenge I Have Successfully Overcome
  • A Person Who Has Had a Profound Influence on Me
  • The Value of Family in My Life
  • My Biggest Blunder and the Wisdom Gained From It
  • A Moment of Taking a Chance Which Brought a Positive Result
  • How My Thinking and Principles Evolved Over Time
  • An Occasion When I Discovered Something New About Myself
  • The Impact, a Difficult Incident, Had on My Life
  • An Occasion of Failing and What I Grew From It
  • The Part of Friendship in My Existence
  • A Selection I Made That Influenced My Life
  • The Value of Taking Care of Myself in My Life
  • An Error That Showed Me the Value of Travel
  • The Meaning of Travel in My Life
  • When I Learned to Forgive Myself or Others
  • The Significance of Giving to Others in My Life
  • A Moment When I Understood What Was Truly Significant to Me
  • When I Acknowledged the Importance of Education in My Life
  • Coming to Terms with the Need for Adaptation

Ideas for a Narrative Essay on Culture and Society

Come up with captivating ideas for narrative essays on culture and society that will resonate with your readers.

  • How Cultural Diversity Has Had an Influence on My Life
  • The Customs and Traditions That Have Forged My Identity
  • My Time Living Overseas and Being Imbued with Distinct Cultures
  • The Significance of Cuisine in Different Cultures and Nations
  • A Moment in Which I Felt Disoriented by My Own Culture
  • The Consequences of Taking Cultural Elements for One's Own Use
  • The Influence of Music on Cultures and Communities
  • A Moment When I Felt Alienated in My Own Culture
  • Language as a Factor in Cultural and Social Development
  • Art's Contribution to Shaping Culture and Society
  • Honoring Diversity in Our Communities
  • Globalization's Influence on Cultural and Social Structures
  • Religion's Place in Culture and Society
  • My Encounter with Prejudice or Discrimination
  • Social Media's Effect on Culture and Society
  • Popular Culture's Impact on Society
  • A Cultural Experience That Amazes Me
  • Safeguarding Cultural Traditions: Why It Matters
  • The Meaning of Festivals and Celebrations in Different Cultures
  • Examining the Impact of Education on Encouraging Intercultural Appreciation and Tolerance

Narrative Writing Topics on Hobbies and Interests

Turn your passions and hobbies into insightful narrative topics!

  • The Start of My Photography Journey: Reflecting on How It All Began and What I Discovered
  • The Rush of Adrenaline: Reflecting on My Experience with Extreme Activities like Skydiving
  • The Pleasure of Gardening: Sharing My Fondness for Cultivating and Growing Plants
  • The Aesthetic of Art: Sharing My Experiences and Appreciation for Different Art Forms and Styles
  • My Experiences as a Musician: How I Began Performing and the Impact It Has Had On Me
  • A Journey into the Marvels of Cooking: My Experiences in the Kitchen and Recipes I Love
  • My Love of Literature: My Fondness for Reading and Writing
  • Crafting My Own Life: My Love for Constructing and Making Things
  • My Passion for Fashion: My Fascination with Style and Latest Trends
  • Touring the Globe: My Journeys and Adventures
  • My Love of Exercise: How I Keep Moving and Its Significance to Me
  • Gathering Treasures: The Collectibles That Mean the Most to Me and Why
  • Penmanship: Exploring the Various Forms of Writing and How It Enriches My Life
  • The Fun of Gaming: My Preferred Video Games and What I've Gained From Them
  • Dance Appreciation: My Passion for Different Dance Types and What It Signifies to Me
  • The Excitement of the Wild: My Forays into Hiking, Camping, and Investigating Nature
  • My Fervor for Animals: My Zeal for Nurturing and Understanding Distinct Species
  • My Fascination with the World of Fashion Design and Making Clothes
  • My Passion for Music and Collecting Vintage Vinyl Records
  • The Marvel of Magic: My Affection for Showing and Acquiring Various Magic Stunts

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Narrative Essay Titles on Life-Changing Moments

Life is an unpredictable journey, and at times, we stumble upon a situation that forever redirects our lives. Consider writing the following narrative essay titles on the life-changing moment:

  • The Day I Became Aware of My Inner Resilience
  • The Instant I Chose to Take Charge of My Fate
  • The Moment I Knew I Could Shape My Own Destiny
  • When I Lost Everything and Discovered Myself
  • The Time I Learned to Forgive
  • The Day I Found My Life Purpose
  • The Day I Defeated My Fear of Failure and Discovered the Power of My Voice
  • Achieving My Goals and Experiencing My Dream Come True
  • A Day of Discovery - Uncovering My Voice and Gaining the Courage to Speak
  • When I Abandoned the Past and Embraced the Now
  • The Moment I Resolved to Follow My Intuition
  • When I Learned to Appreciate My Strengths and Weaknesses
  • The Discovery of a Real Bond
  • Conquering My Bias and Growing More Tolerant of Others
  • The Occasion I Encountered My Perfect Match
  • The Instance I Perceived I Had Influenced Someone's Life
  • When I Beat My Addiction and Reclaimed My Life
  • Achieving Harmony and Releasing Grudges: My Story
  • When I Underwent a Life-Altering Epiphany
  • The Moment I Opted to Chase My Goals and Strive for a Craving

Good Narrative Topics on Travel and Adventure

Exploring some exciting traveling adventures will make amazing personal narrative titles!

  • My Trip to the Himalayas - A Life-Transforming Experience
  • A Transformative Backpacking Trip Through Europe
  • My Exploration of the Untamed Wilderness of Iceland
  • My Grand Adventure Across America
  • When I trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Exploring the Exotic Islands of Southeast Asia
  • Immersing Myself in the Culture of the Middle East
  • My Solo Journey Through South America
  • Overcoming My Fear of Heights on a Skydiving Trip
  • My Triumph on the Highest Peak in the World
  • Uncovering the Treasures of Central America
  • My Voyage Aboard a Yacht
  • My Never-to-Be-Forgotten Safari Journey in Africa
  • During My Tour of Egypt's Ancient Wonders
  • Submerging Myself in the Great Barrier Reef Underwater World
  • Incredible Adventure Across the Australian Wilderness
  • Meeting Indigenous Tribes in the Amazon Jungle
  • Trekking in the Canadian Rockies: A Wild Adventure
  • My Experience Dog Sledding Across the Arctic Tundra
  • My Remarkable Adventure to the Land of Oz

Narrative Essay Topic Ideas on Career and Work Experience

Checking out what the future might hold career-wise or revisiting past job experiences can serve as great narrative essay topics for college students.

  • My Search to Uncovering My Ideal Profession
  • The Occupation That Formed My Work Habits
  • When I made the Bold Move to Become a Business Owner
  • My Career Shift: From Corporate to Non-Profit
  • My Greatest Professional Challenge and How I Overcame It
  • Uncovering My Mentor and Acquiring the Resources to Succeed in My Field
  • The Biggest Agreement I Closed in My Professional Life
  • My Experiences Overseas and What I Picked Up from Another Culture
  • Realizing the Vitality of Work-Life Harmony
  • My Experience of Taking a Risk That Led to Success in My Professional Life
  • When I Was Rewarded with a Promotion and Found Myself in a Leadership Role
  • My Journey of Joining a Start-Up Company and Seeing It Pay Off
  • A Failure at Work That Taught Me an Important Lesson
  • Exploring the Benefits of a Graduate Degree for Professional Growth
  • The Shift from Intern to a Full-Time Position: My Story
  • Working with a Team Influenced My Perspective on Collaboration
  • The Project I Worked On That Had a Considerable Effect on the Lives of a Lot of People
  • Attaining Harmony Between Work and Life as a Solo Parent
  • Coming to Understand the Value of Being Truthful in My Work
  • A Chronicle of My Journey Starting a Side Gig While Employed Full-Time

Interesting Narrative Essay Topics about Challenges and Obstacles

If you're still unsure what to write about in a narrative essay, think back to any tough times you had and how you got through them.

  • Conquering My Fear of Public Speaking
  • Enduring a Health Crisis to Emerge as a Stronger Person
  • Overcoming Mental Health Issues and Growing Stronger
  • Dealing with the Difficulties of Nurturing a Child with Special Requirements
  • Conquering Financial Strife and Acquiring Financial Control
  • When I Stood Up for My Rights and Had an Impact
  • Juggling the Demands of Employment and Family
  • Conquering a Physical Disability and Achieving My Ambitions
  • My Path to Overcoming Addiction and Gaining Sobriety
  • Adapting to an Unknown Culture or Surroundings
  • Overcoming an Unfavorable Relationship and Discovering Self-Affection
  • Overcoming My Most Dreadful Anxiety
  • Conquering a Professional Bump in the Road
  • Surviving a Harrowing Event
  • Surmounting a Learning Disability to Reach Success
  • My Struggle for Fairness After Facing Discrimination
  • Overcoming Procrastination and Enhancing Productivity: My Battle
  • Overcoming the Challenge of Establishing a Business from the Ground Up and Achieving Success
  • When I Successfully Bridged a Language Gap and Communicated Efficiently
  • Beating Social Anxiety and Strengthening My Social Proficiency

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After exploring a seemingly endless list of narrative essay topics, our admission essay writing service has some additional information that can help you with your writing. Let us take a look at the most frequently asked questions on narrative essay writing!


What is a Proper Narrative Essay Definition?

A narrative essay is a type of academic assignment that uses the story of the author's own experience to illustrate an idea. It is not sufficient to simply tell an interesting story. To be successful, good personal narrative topics must include elements such as settings, character development, dialogue, conflicts and resolutions, and climaxes.

Another reason for writing this kind of essay is to highlight the reasons for recounting the episode and the impact of the experience. The narrative essay is not as rigidly organized as the persuasive essay. With respect to this, narrative essays follow a standard format. All elements in these essays must be in a certain order and have a clear start, middle, and conclusion.

How to Choose Narrative Essay Topics?

Selecting good narrative topics may set you up for a challenge, particularly when you're trying to write a story that intrigues and fascinates your readers. Fortunately, there are many different ways and topics you can investigate to create a memorable narrative essay. Whether you're among university or high school students, here are some tips for coming up with a killer topic:

  • Consider your own adventures : For narrative writing topics, draw from your own experiences. Reflect on a noteworthy occurrence in your life that you can share with your readers. This can be a journey, a momentous event, or an accomplishment of yours.
  • Establish a purpose: Ponder what notion or message you wish to present in your narrative essay. This can facilitate you in refining your possible topic choices and forming a more centered and consistent essay.
  • Opt for an unusual viewpoint: To make your narrative essay stand out, go for an uncommon viewpoint or outlook. This could be a different way of examining a commonplace subject or a novel interpretation of a familiar story.
  • Use sensory details to bring your narrative essay to life. This will aid your readers in becoming immersed in the story, resulting in a more vivid and powerful experience.
  • Take your audience into account : Reflect upon who your readers are and what they may find intriguing. This may assist you in choosing a subject that will be relevant to them and hold their attention.
  • Allocate some time to compile a list of possible ideas for a narrative essay. Don't assess the ideas; just make a note of them and observe what arises.

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In this narrative essay example provided by our essay service , you can explore a proper paper structure while also observing the capacity of storytelling to create a strong emotional bond with readers. By giving us full-on descriptions and bringing the senses to life, you'll feel like the author is right there with you and you're living the story.

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As we come to an end, our 200 narrative essay ideas should have given you a good head start on your next writing project! Remember, whether you're writing about a momentous occasion, a beloved memory from your childhood, or a realization you had, a narrative essay written with care can really have an effect on readers.

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A narrative essay tells a personal story based on your experiences.

Since this type of essay is a narration, it requires you to express yourself creatively.

Like any other story, it should have characters, a plot and a setting, a climax, and a conclusion.

However, your essay should have a goal.

It should have a theme or a central idea often called a thesis statement .

Sample Narrative Essays

Below are a sufficient number of good narrative essay samples you can draw inspiration from.

Never Again

Raging with anger I flung my book across the room. I swore to myself, this will never happen again. Yes! I definitely will not let it happen again. My last straw had been pulled. It has been seven years since my father strayed into the dark hole of alcoholism. I only recently turned seventeen a few weeks ago. I lost my mother to a fatal car accident at the age of ten.

“GERALD!” The sound of his voice instantly made every hair on my body stand. I could no longer tolerate his voice. I decided to remain silent. After all, I was still recovering from the strangling I had just received barely half an hour ago. I was done with him and could no longer bear looking him in the eye or even seeing his face. My younger sister, Eleanor, I could see was worn out as well, as she lay right next to me sobbing and quietly crying herself to sleep.

Eleanor can barely remember our mother; she is only ten years old and barely got to know her. We lost our mother before Eleanor really got to understand and experience how much she really loved us. It had become a ritual to make a reminder to Eleanor not to speak a word as long as dad was in the house and awake. Although, he practically stays at home and awake for a maximum of three hours a day. There are days, however, when lady luck is on our side and he does not make it home.

By the age of thirteen I had already learned the reality of my life and gotten myself a job so as to have the capability to take care of my sister and me; our little-broken family. When I did not get enough money for food, I was forced into stealing some money from my father’s wallet and pockets without his knowledge, mostly because he is literally always drunk and will barely even notice. I was determined to make sure I shared with my sister the love my mom had given me all the years back. I know as a matter of fact that I was far from any comparison to replacing what Eleanor would get from a real mother. My sister’s happiness and well-being had become my source of strength and ambition. I was ready to do anything to make it a better life for her, a better life for me. I had no capacity to afford shopping for food and necessities at Wal-Mart; I, therefore, did my shopping at the local Family Dollar and the goodwill center. Once in a while, I did my best to buy Eleanor some new clothes with a good bargain as a loyal customer at our local Family Dollar. I personally relied on goodwill to get some fitting decent clothes for myself, where I landed my favorite beige-brown coat with its matching hat that I wore practically everywhere I went. 

Eleanor turned over to me and hugged me really tight, I could feel it literally eating me up, at her young age instead of creating happy memories and enjoying her childhood she was drowning herself in sorrows. I could only wish that I could change her life and give her a real family. Why did she have to go through all this? Eleanor is such as wonderful, sweet, and kind-hearted little girl. Eleanor really did not deserve to live such a life. My determination to give her everything and much more only grew more and more with every dawn. The thought of her being bullied in school by the other kids because she did not keep up with trending fashion in new clothes, hurt me to the core.

Eleanor’s only friend is our next-door neighbor, Mrs. McGraw, an old friendly lady who lived with her eight cats. Eleanor stays over at Mrs. McGraw every day after school and even on the days she is home and I am caught up at work. Mrs. McGraw has always helped take care of Eleanor and could easily pass as our grandmother that we never really had. I could never leave Eleanor alone with dad in the house, and so I could not thank God enough for giving us, Mrs. McGraw. With time I had saved up enough and bought myself an old second-hand scooter which could help me with saving time on transportation time, just to be home on time.

“GERALD!” My father loudly bangs at the door. I could feel a volcano almost erupting in me; I almost screamed my lungs out, “WHAT IS IT?”OPEN THIS DOOR RIGHT NOW!” I was dripping in my own sweat completely nervous and afraid to be injured again, grabbed my baseball bat as I walked towards the door. I found him almost blacked out in his usual spot at the corner couch, barely holding on to his last bottle of beer. “Ran down to the shop and get me my beer,” is all he stammered. I went to my room to grab my coat and hat, and asked cautiously,” Dad, please give me the money.” Before I knew what happened, I felt a sharp pain at the right side of my head and found myself on the floor, with a warm liquid dripping down my face. “THAT IS THE REASON YOU GET PAID GERALD.” I was still in pain, and slightly dizzy before I found out what had actually just happened. Dad threw the bottle right straight at me and that the force knocked me out, the bottle cracked causing a deep cut to my head.

I was done. It was about time I made up my mind. I slowly stood up, went straight to the bathroom to try to clean off and reducing the bleeding before Eleanor saw me. I put some bandages on the wound and had my hat right up to cover it. I went straight to my room quite sure I had made my decision. “Hey, Eleanor? Want to go out for a little trip?” I whispered to her. “Yes! Gerald that would be amazing!” She lit up and had her beautiful smile on her face that always lit the room; if only she knew how much she resembled mum at that moment. I locked the room and we quickly began to grab a few clothes and items and stuck them in the only traveling bag I had, one that I had received as a gift from Mrs. McGraw last Christmas. As we packed the little belongings and necessities together with Eleanor beaming with joy, I was certain that I was making the right choice I was determined to provide a better life for my sister and me, a life of peace and happiness. As I made sure Eleanor was warmly dressed because it would be sunset soon and the weather had been rainy for some days now; I knew that our future lay in my hands and that with the passion and ambition I had bubbling in me I would provide a better life for us. I helped Eleanor sneak out through the window with our bag and I took all the money I had been saving in the floor spaces for Eleanor’s college. I walked out through the front door just to let dad know I was on the way to the shop.

I tied our bag firmly at the back of the scooter chair and hopped on as I waited for Eleanor to climb up after me. Now as Eleanor was shuffling her feet getting ready to hop on up the scooter. I got ready to begin our journey, ahead of me, was an unending road, I did not know where we were going to go, all I know is that even with the sun setting I was sure I was heading for a future better than where we came from. Right behind us stood a house that was once happy home was now just a building full of lost dreams and horrible sad memories. With my sister, my source of ambition and strength with me, I knew for sure that I would make it. I took one last glance at the house and I felt that affirmation that I was never going back. Never again!

Narrative essays are popular forms of academic writing . Elementary school, high school and college students write loads of narrative essays. These essays show your creativity, character, and ability to tell a compelling story about yourself or about a famous person.

Narrative essays recreate a personal experience through time. It can be based on one of your own experiences, either past or present, or it can be based on the experiences of someone else. In addition to telling the best kind of story, narrative essays also communicate the main idea or a lesson learned.

With the help of examples below, you can get much guidance on how to draft essays

Narrative Essay Example For High School

Narrative essay example for college, personal narrative essay examples, literacy narrative essay example, descriptive narrative essay example, 3rd person narrative essay example, narrative essay example for middle school, fictional narrative essay example, popular topics for narrative essay.

  • A lesson you learned from nature
  • A random act of kindness that moved you
  • Someone who changed your life and doesn’t know it
  • How social media helped you
  • The moment you realized you were beautiful
  • A news story that made you take action
  • Checking something off your bucket list
  • Overcoming a publicly embarrassing moment
  • A time when you helped someone
  • Something you dreamed of as a child that came to fruition
  • Your part in a pay it forward chain
  • Someone who helped you set a goal
  • Something a child said to you that put life in perspective
  • A song lyric that uplifts you
  • An accomplishment you never believed was possible
  • A time when you realized someone looked up to you
  • A book that changed your outlook on life
  • A moment of spontaneity that brought great joy
  • A time your opinion was changed
  • Overcoming a disability
  • A health scare that changed your life
  • How you dealt with a state of emergency
  • One moment that made you a better person

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the examples of narrative essay.

Written forms of narration include most forms of writing: personal essays, fairy tales, short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, autobiographies, histories, even news stories have a narrative. Narratives may be a sequence of events in chronological order or an imagined tale with flashbacks or multiple timelines.

How do you start a narrative essay?

Starting with the best kind of story. Most narrative essays begin with a relevant story. You want to draw the reader in right away, offering something that surprises or interests them. And, since the essay is about you and your lived experiences, it makes sense to start your essay with a relevant anecdote.

How do you write a narrative essay example?

The entire narrative essay format consists of the following sections; introduction, a thesis statement , the main body, and a conclusion. The first two are an overview of what your whole text will talk about; the main body will introduce and develop your characters, locations, and dialogues to further sum up the story in the conclusion.

Whats is a narrative essay?

When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story. These essays are often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in creative and, quite often, moving ways.

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