The Purpose of Narrative Text

The Purpose of Narrative Text

The Purpose of Narrative Text

The Purpose of Narrative Text

 One more material of studying kind of texts we will discuss, it is about The Purpose of Narrative Text. However, in this material, we will also discuss the meaning or definition, the generic structure, the language features, and the examples of Narrative Text. (Also read another article at : Generic Structure of Recount Text)

Definition or The Meaning of Narrative Text

A Narrative text is a story with complications or problematic events and it tries to find the resolutions to solve the problems. An important part of narrative text is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

The Purpose of Narrative Text

The Purpose or Function of Narrative Text is:

  • to amuse or entertain the reader with a story.
  • to gain and hold a readers’ interest.
  • to teach or inform, to change attitudes / social opinions

Generic Structure of Narrative Text

  1. Orientation
  2. Complication
  3. Resolution
  4. Re-Orientation/Coda (optional)

Explanation about the Generic Structure of Narrative Text:


Sets the scene: where and when the story happened and introduces the participants of the story: who and what is involved in the story.


Tells the beginning of the problems which leads to the crisis (climax) of the main participants. read more

Generic Structure of Narrative Text

Generic Structure of Narrative Text

Narrative Text

Generic Structure of Narrative Text

       As we know there are many kinds of text so in this occasion I want to share about Narrative Text. In this case I want to share about the function, generic structure and example of Narrative Text. The explanation is below. (Also read : Definition of Recount Text)

<>  Function :

Narrative text is an imaginative story to entertain people (imaginative narrative text is a story that aims to entertain people).

If you look at the English dictionary, literally meaningful of narrative :

  1. a spoken or written account of connected events of a story.
  2. the narrated part of a literary work, as distinct from dialogue.
  3. the practice or art of narration. 

So it can be concluded that a narrative text is a text which contains a story either written or unwritten, and there is a series of connected events. and the social function is to entertain or amuse the reader or listener. (Also read other article at : Pengertian Ciri dan Contoh Peribahasa)

<> Generic Structure of Narrative Text :

  • Orientation: It is about the opening paragraph where the characters of the story are introduced
  • Complication: Where the problems in the story developed.
  • Resolution: Where the problems in the story is solved.

Sometimes the arrangement (generic structure) of narrative text can contain: Orientation, Complication, Evaluation, Resolution and Reorientation. Although the “Evaluation” and”Reorientation” is optional; may be added, and could not. Evaluation provides assessment /evaluation of the course of the story or conflict. While Reorientation contains content inference ending. read more