Example of Narrative Text with Generic Structure – The Ugly Duckling

Learning English text today is about narrative fable. Do you know what fable is? Yes, fable is simply story of animal. The fable is about the life of ugly duckling. This is another beautiful story of narrative text. The story is about an ugly duckling which fights for his right, to be accepted and loved. The moral value can be ” Never judge others by their appearances”. Let’s read this narrative story!

Example of Narrative Text Fable: The Ugly Duckling

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Fable story of ugly duck with moral lesson and narrative generic structure

One upon time, a mother duck sat on her eggs. She felt tired of sitting on them. She just wished the eggs would break out. Several days later, she got her wish. The eggs cracked and some cute little ducklings appeared. “Peep, peep” the little ducklings cried. “Quack, quack” their mother greeted in return.However the largest egg had not cracked. The mother duck sat on it for several days. Finally, it cracked and a huge ugly duckling waddled out. The mother duck looked at him in surprise. He was so big and very gray. He didn’t look like the others at all. He was like a turkey.

When the mother duck brought the children to the pond for their first swimming lesson. The huge grey duckling splashed and paddled about just as nicely as the other ducklings did. “That is not a turkey chick. He is my very own son and quite handsome” the mother said proudly. However, the other animals didn’t agree. They hissed and made fun of him day by day. Even his own sisters and brothers were very unkind. “You are very ugly” they quacked. The little poor duckling was very unhappy. “I wish I looked like them” he thought to himself. One day, the ugly duckling run away and hid in the bushes. The sad duckling lived alone through the cold and snow winter.

Finally the spring flowers began to bloom. While he was swimming in the pond, he saw three large white swans swimming toward him. “Oh, dear. these beautiful birds will laugh and peck me too” he said to himself. But the swans did not attack him. Instead, they swam around him and stroked him with their bills. As the ugly duckling bent his neck to speak to them, he saw his reflection in the water. He could not believe his eyes. “I am not an ugly duckling but a beautiful swam” he exclaimed.

He was very happy. From that day on, he swam and played with his new friends and was happier than he had never been.

Narrative Text – Generic Structure in the story of the Ugly Duckling
Reading narrative text for students of high schools is not complete if the generic structure is still hidden. So let’s go on to analyze the structure of the narrative fable story!
1. Orientation of the Narrative text: It introduces the participants which involve in the story of the Ugly Duckling. They are duck mother, Ugly duckling, duckling’s sister, and the swan.
2. Complication of the narrative text: It brings the rising conflict. In a long story, the complication should be minors and a major. In this story of ugly duckling, the major complication is that the new born duck is different form other little ducks. The difference makes him get bad treatment from others animals. As results, he is sad, unhappy and finally runs away.
3. Resolution of the narrative text: It comes to a solution for the complication. In narrative texts, a resolution can be happy ending or sad ending. In this story of the Ugly duckling, the resolution is happy one. He gets new friends who do not treat him badly.

That is all the story of the ugly duckling. for more fable story, see my collection of narrative text story. This is an example of narrative fable. Reading a fable story always give many moral lessons. Can you guess what other moral lessons included in that story? Share your thought and happy learning English narrative text!

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