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Between Recount and Narrative

Posted by Memahami Teks Bahasa Inggris on 10 April 2008

Something which happened in the past is the main resource to compose both recount and narrative text. In writer's point of view, the thing is an experience. It can be what the writer has done, hear, read, and felt. Composing recount and narrative is retelling the experiences of the past event to be a present event.

What does recount differ from narrative?
The easiest way to catch the difference is analyzing the generic structure. Recount text presents the past experiences in order of time or place; what happened on Sunday, then on Monday, the on Tuesday. In simple way, recount describes series of events in detail. It does not expose the struggle on how to make them happen. The event happened smoothly.

On the other hand, narrative introduces crises and how to solve them. Narrative text always appear as a hard portrait of participant's past experience. It reveals the conflict among the participants. Cinderella's conflicts with her step mother and sister are the example. The conflict is the most important element in a narrative text. Narrative without conflicts is not narrative any more.

Blog, Updated at: 4/10/2008 12:17:00 PM


  1. Looking around the internet I see several different ways of categorizing text types. Seems there are many ways of looking at this.

    Personally, I disagree with this choice of categorization. I don't think narrative texts and recount texts should be seen as being exclusive or competing, but rather as having some form of superset to subset relationship.

    Narratives tell a story. But what is a story other than a series of events that happen in a sequence? Much of a story is recounting events as they happen. In fact, it is impossible to relate a story without doing some manner of recounting. For this reason I would classify a narrative as being a form of a recount text (more colloquially referred to as an "account") with specific characteristics.

    In other words, all stories are recount texts, but not all recount texts are stories. Try and name a story in which events are not being constantly recounted.

    I also have a problem with the claim that recounts must occur in past tense. I would agree that they typically use past tense, but to claim that past tense is a requirement is incorrect, at least from my perspective.

    Think of a person recounting an experience as if it were happening right then. This is typical of when a person has difficulty remembering details. They are still recounting a past experience, but use present tense.

    I think how text types are categorized needs a lot of rethinking. I don't mean you on this site, I mean the linguistics community as a whole.

  2. When I read this I JIZZED IN MY PANTS

  3. What is meant by you? please talk clearly

  4. thank you for sharing.
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