Personal Narrative Analysis

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From the words of Labov above, narratives are seen, smelt, noticed, tasted, and heard, in every corner of human experience. Bury (2001:264), reports that the telling of stories where about oneself or others is universal. The development of language in human life in both evolutionary and individual terms, lead to collaborative use of metaphors and other figures of speech besides narrative forms.
To experience the world, human expresses deeper various meanings by using narratives, writers like Bury (2001: 263 - 264), comments on that in the recent times the study of narratives has received considerable attention, in both the social and human sciences… and in the field of literary criticism. Using literary devices besides narrative forms
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It correlates with various domains such as art, education, medicine, institutional organization, the body, emotions, sex and sexualities, aesthetics. Here are few examples in which narratives clearly depicted: emigration, immigration, nationality, and globalism, menarche, and menopause; marriage, weddings and divorce; loss of and relationship with the loved ones – parents, siblings, friends; upheaval life change caused by incidents like illness, retardation, war, rape; professional careers and trajectories, particularly those of care suppliers and teachers and the restoration of identity in narrative therapy.
White (1987: 3) discriminates between discourse and narrative. He says the distinction is of course, based solely on analysis of the grammatical features of the two modes of the discourse. Objectivity of narrative is defined by the absence of all sorts of reference to the narrator. While the subjectivity of discourse is clearly reflected by the presence of explicit or implicit of an ego which can be identified only as the person who maintains the
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Among these four modes, narrative is the one in which the narrator communicates a story directly to the reader. But Traugott and Pratt (1980:250), explain that conversations play an important role in literature that it has been reflected by prose fiction and drama in which it is known as dialogue. Though students of literature tend to think of narrative as a literary genre typical of prose fiction or epic poetry, it is found in a wide number of contexts. Furthermore, two types of narratives are well known namely, fictional narratives, which include the literary genres, and nonfictional (factual) narratives such as that which occur in autobiography and memories. Besides these two big narrative categories there are other categories of narrative seen in: letters, court testimony, news reports, math problems, advertisement, speeches, jokes, interviews, medicine, institutions, formal speeches (e.g., funeral oration, valedictory address etc.), genre of conversation(e.g., face – to –face conversation, telephone conversation, intimate conversation between members in group/ outsiders etc., several speech genres include structure of speech act. ) and all manner of conversations. Strongly speaking, Traugott and Pratt also confirm that not all narrative utterances are stories,
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