Narrative Essay Topics

Narrative Structure

The simple folksy dialogue between the two younger siblings hazel and George is very effective in downplaying their intelligence. With lines such as “that was doozy” or when George explains the sound he heard by saying “ sounded like somebody hitting a milk bottle with a ball peen hammer” George being so above average in… View Article

Response to Thirteen Reasons Why

The book I read was Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher, the style of this book is kinda mysterious. The book develop through the two narratives shifting between the two man characters Hanna Baker and Clay Jensen. The story of Thirteen Reasons Why takes place in a small town in present time. The town is… View Article

Commentary All the Kings Men

We left the bay, and lost the salt, sad, sweet, fishy smell of the tidelands out of our nostrils. We headed north again. It was darker now. The ground mist lay heavier on the fields, and in the dips of the road the mist frayed out over the slab and blunted the headlights. Now and… View Article

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

1. From what point of view is Poe’s story told? Why is this point of view particularly effective for “The Tell-Tale Heart”? Poe’s story is told from the narrator’s point of view. This point of view is effective for the story because it gives the reader a sense of what was going on in the… View Article

“Castles Don’t Have Phones, Asshole!” by Jodi Parker

Please take a minute to compose yourself for what you are about to experience is like no other. Now that you are settled, if this is your first time indulging in the midnight cult sensation that is Rocky Horror Picture Show, there are a few things you must know, and antici (“say it!”) pate. This… View Article

“By and By” by Amy Bloom

“By and By” by Amy Bloom is told through a first-person narrative from the perspective of the deceased protagonist’s roommate. Though the narrator shifts in and out of past and present tense, the story is simple. Anne (the protagonist) went on a camping trip with her boyfriend Teddy, and Eugene Trask (the antagonist) suddenly appeared… View Article

Free Personal Narrative

Hello my names Michael and My girlfriend Kate and I have lived next door to our rival neighbors for about a year and a half now. Never known why they don’t like us but it has gone back all the way to high school. Now meet our neighbors. First there Steve, he was a jock… View Article

Unrconventional Narrators Within Howards End and Heart of Darkness

E. M. Forster’s Howards End is a tale told by a third person omniscient narrator, most of the time. Now and then there is a departure where our narrator identifies himself as the author of the work, and interjects commentary. This pattern emerges in the very first sentence of the work, where the narrator tells… View Article

Heritage Personal Narrative

Personal narrative writing is writing about a discovery. Write a story about how you discovered something new about yourself, a specific family member or your family in general. The point is to make sure that your story has a lesson learned and that it’s something deeper than the following: • I learned that moving is… View Article

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest Final Scene

In the final scene of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chief Bromden is the main character. The only two characters in this scene are Bromden and McMurphy, and even though McMurphy would be considered the main character of the entire film, Bromden is the main character of this scene because he has the strongest… View Article

Analyzing the Narrative

I. The Short Writing The “Winter” Essay It was the winter of 2006, in the month of January, and my junior year of high school. By this time in high school I’d had some quirky teachers and to be honest Mr. DeBruyn didn’t seem so uniquely special but apparently he had his moments. English class… View Article

The Tortoise and the Hare

Everyone knows the story of the tortoise and the hare. For it has been told for many years. In “The Tortoise and the Hare”, the hare mocks the slow-moving tortoise or turtle for being a slow-moving turtle so to speak. The tortoise takes on the challenge of racing the hare and announces that he would… View Article

Trying to Understand Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Catch 22 is a satirical war novel that was written in the 1950’s, but was published in 1961. Joseph Heller, the American author, was known for his novels to represent a comic vision of modern society with serious moral connections. His major theme throughout his writing is the conflict that occurs when individuals interact with… View Article

Significance of Narrative in “Ethan Frome”

The novel of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a story within a story because the narrator is detached from the actual events that happen to Ethan Frome and the members of his household. The narrator acts as a reporter of events based on his conversations with two sources—Harmon Gow, and Mrs. Ned Hale. The… View Article

A Major Theme in ‘Our Day Out’

A major theme in ‘Our Day Out’ is the lack of education and opportunity for young people in the inner city. Using scenes from the play, show how Willy Russell makes the audience aware of this theme The lack of education and opportunity affects young people in inner cities like Liverpool, these young people have… View Article

Critical Analysis: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Please respond the following questions in regards to story elements that include an exploration in terms of character, setting, structure of timing, point of view( POV), themes and issues, cause and effect, opening and closure, camera work, lighting, sound, performance, and editing. 1. How is the character believability achieved? (Provide examples from film) They seem… View Article

Life of Pi: Use of a Unreliable Narrator

“An unreliable narrator can draw you into his or her worldview and perhaps even make you take sides before a writer reveals a broader perspective, one that he/she has missed or omitted. Even if a story is written so you doubt the narrator from the beginning, an unreliable narrator is still the one taking you… View Article

Narrative Strucutures

A narrative is a story, whether told in prose or verse, involving events, characters, and what the characters say and do. Some literary forms such as the novel and short story in prose, and the epic and romance in verse, are explicit narratives that are told by a narrator. In drama , the narrative is… View Article

A Review of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In all honesty, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was a bit confusing to read. It was not only confusing, but the ending was a surprise to the reader. In the story, we got to see many different aspects of the life of Peyton Farquhar. This story shows the difference that times were back then… View Article

Analysis of the Theme in TC Boyle’s Greasy Lake

The theme in T.C. Boyle’s “Greasy Lake” is demonstrated when the narrator and his friends learn a potentially deadly lesson through a series of accidents, caused as a result of their reckless pursuit to be bad. The nature of life reveals to them that striving to be bad in order to be viewed as hip… View Article

Year of Wonders

Background of the novel: 1. William Shakespeare wrote most of his known plays between 1589 and 1613, and died in 1616. 2. Elizabeth I was succeeded by James VI of Scotland (becoming James I of Great Britain upon his crowning), in 1603. 3. Between the years of 1649 and 1660, during the English Civil War,… View Article

Belonging Essay – Peter Skrzynecki

Personal context plays an important role in defining Peter Skrzynecki’s individual and private sense of belonging as conveyed in both his poems, ‘Migrant Hostel’ and ’10 Mary Street’. By exploring and analysing both poems, the responder understands that an individual’s sense of belonging or not belonging does vary. Moreover, Skrzynecki’s social and cultural experiences add… View Article

Casablanca Case

The purpose of this analytical essay is to broach two specific subjects in the film Casablanca. First query of analysis is how the opening credits are presented. Do they relate to meaning? Why does the film start in the way it does? Examining how the opening credits are presented, there are two striking elements that… View Article

Narrator in the Cathedral

In the story “Cathedral,” the author shares his experience with a blind man, a friend of his wife, who comes to visit their home. The author is troubled by the blind man’s visit for unclear reasons, but he attributes it to Robert’s (the blind man) disability. The narrator dislikes the blind and often refers to… View Article

Creative Writing “Into the Darkness”

It had just turned night when Victoria heard the thunder roll in, and the lightening strike against the ground. This worried her for she was afraid of losing power. As the night grew on the storm worsened. Making sure she wasn’t forgetting her laptop, Victoria made her way upstairs to the comforts of her bedroom…. View Article

Powder by Tobias Wolff

One of the most renowned American writers, Tobias Wolff is known mainly for his work on the memoir, and short stories. He was part of a new wave of writers, including Andre Dubus and Raymond Carver, who ushered in a novel style of fiction writing, which is all at once real yet incredible, grounded yet… View Article

The Life of Pi Algae Island

It’s an island made entirely of seaweed, full of meerkats and freshwater ponds. It gets even stranger when dead fish rise to the surface of the ponds at night and disappear by morning. At first Pi thinks the island is a delusion, “I was getting used to my delusion. To make it last I refrained… View Article

Aspects of Narrative Great Gatsby

Form: Unreliable Narrator. In first person narrative you need to understand that the character will put their own views and prejudices in to the events, as does Nick. He has a vivid imagination that he uses to interpret peoples feelings and thoughts, however this makes him gullible. Nick also has a limited experience of life… View Article


“Father taught us how not to love” begins and ends Maurice Gee’s Blindsight. Narrated by Alice ferry, a retired scientist, we look back over the mistakes of her families past. This novel revolves around the mysterious relationship of Alice and Gordon who are supposedly sent in “divergent ways” due to their “father’s greediness in love”…. View Article