Compare and Contrast: the Advantage of Narratives over Descriptive

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In E.B. White’s “One More at the Lake” and Judy Brady’s “I want a wife”, both authors write on personal encounters they experienced. The author chooses two different methods of writing styles. E.B. White utilizes a nostalgic reflective descriptive piece, whereas Brady uses a more sarcastic narrative. Arguably both writers do a great job in their story telling skills. Both stories are respected and pleasing, yet similar but different at the same time. The authors’ choice of writing style is what gives one story more of an advantage to the other. Though descriptive and narrative essay have identical intent – to tell the reader a story- narratives are more effective in capturing the audience because the uses of different voices, they bring …show more content…
Descriptive writings evoke emotion. In descriptive writings are in free form while in narrative writing, are more structured. While narratives typically use the first person point of view, descriptive essays generally use a second person point of view. Narratives are interesting because they tend to be written in different voices either first person or third person. Typically, narratives are written in first person. Writing in first person gives the essay personality. In “I Want a Wife”, the author uses this technique. For example: “I want a wife who will take care of the details of my social life. When my wife and I are invited out by my friends, I want a wife who will take care of the baby-sitting arrangements.” (Brady, 1971) Descriptive essays usually are written in a second person voice. Authors use second-person voice in order and try to pull the reader in, trying to make the reader as if he or she is a part of the story. The language and tone of a story grabs the readers’ attention regardless. However, when stories are written in first-person as in narratives it makes the reader feel connected. The first-person voice seems like best friends listening to each other vent on the phone. On the other hand, the choice of second-person voice forces the reader to be in a place where he or she may not want to be. The audience can lose interest if they feel uncomfortable and

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