Fictional Narratives

“A fictional narrative presents an imaginary narrator’s account of a story that happened in an imaginary world. A fictional narrative is appreciated for its entertainment and educational value, possibly also for providing a vision of characters who might exist or might have existed, and a vision of things that might happen or could have happened” (JahnN2.2.2).

Fictional narratives provide authors and readers with a sense of escape that reality doesn’t always provide. It allows the author to bring their visions to life, which can lead to personal enlightenments from both authors and readers alike. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is an example of a fictional tale based off real life events and people. Although it is not a direct autobiography, it can be classified as a fictional narrative due to its similar happenings. The names and places from Bronte’s life have been altered, resulting in different outcomes, which may have been desired in reality. For example, Jane’s marriage to Mr. Rochester at the end of the novel could have been aspired by Bronte in reality considering she was single at the time of publication. Perhaps she was enlightened by her writing to marry a few years later.

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