Narrative Techniques Explained- CSEC English B


Have you ever heard the terms “narrative technique” or “writer’s craft”? Well, both terms are connected because they go to the heart of the discussion/examination of how the writer presents his/her ideas/themes, etc. 

The writer’s craft is the style in which the writer uses to present his concerns. The writer will then employ narrative techniques to present these concerns. So, we go back to the question of what is narrative technique?

Narrative Technique Definition

Narrative techniques are the devices the author uses to present ideas and meaning, which help to create thematic concerns that relay the author’s message.

Common narrative techniques you might encounter in your review of the prose texts and short stories on the CSEC English B portion of the syllabus are:

  1. Symbolism
  2. Flashback
  3. Foreshadowing
  4. Point of view
  5. Imagery
  6. Contrast
  7. Irony
  8. Satire
  9. Description of setting
  10. Motifs
  11. Dialect
  12. Storytelling

NB: This is not an exhaustive list of narrative techniques. There are other narrative techniques you might encounter that are not listed in this blog post. 

Addressing Narrative Techniques on the CSEC English B Exam Paper 2

Narrative techniques are one of the most difficult aspects of the CSEC English A exam paper for students to answer effectively. This is due to the fact that candidates often do not effectively answer this part of the paper.

Below are a few narrative techniques that are present in various prose pieces of the CSEC exam. 

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