Contoh Narrative Text Legenda: Story of Sura and Baya
Salah satu contoh narrative text bahasa Inggris yang umum dipelajari adalah cerita legenda (legend). Pengertian legenda dibedakan dengan mitos (myth). Berikut adalah cerita legenda sura dan baya yang menjadi cikal bakal nama kota Surabaya.
Legenda biasanya diartikan sebagai cerita rakyat yang terpelihara secara turun temurun dan kebenaran dari cerita tersebut belum teruji. Umunya cerita legenda itu berkaitan dengan asal usul suatu daerah, misal legenda kota surabaya, legeda danau toba, dan legenda gunung Tangkuban Perahu. Sementara mitos adalah cerita rakyat yang disampaikan dari generasi ke generasi berikutnya dan biasanya berkeenaan dengan cerita dewa-dewa.
Most stories are narrative but not all stories are narrative texts. So how can we identify a narrative text genre? Simply, if a story consists of ORIENTATION, COMPLICATION, and RESOLUTION, surely the story is a narrative text. Now how are those 3 elements applied in a story of narrative text? Let’s see the following example of narrative text in a legend story!
The Legend of Sura and Baya
A long time ago, there were two animals, Sura and Baya. Sura was the name of a shark and Baya was a crocodile. They lived in a sea.
Once Sura and Baya were looking for some food. Suddenly, Baya saw a goat. “Yummy, this is my lunch,” said Baya.
“No way! This is my lunch. You are greedy” said Sura. Then they fought for the goat. After several hours, they were very tired.
Feeling tired of fighting, they lived in the different places. Sura lived in the water and Baya lived in the land. The border was the beach, so they would never fight again.
One day, Sura went to the land and looked for some food in the river. He was very hungry and there was not much food in the sea. Baya was very angry when he knew that Sura broke the promise.
They fought again. They both hit each other. Sura bit Baya’s tail. Baya did the same thing to Sura. He bit Sura very hard. Sura finally gave up and went back to the sea. Baya was happy.