Narrative texts such as stories, novels and tales follow a logical order to present the events that are related during the story. These texts, in a very practical way, usually order the events in sequences that make the narrative progress. They are usually very short stories, but this does not mean that they are not very entertaining. They can also be based on a true story, or you can create your own story. In this opportunity Procrastina Fácil shows you 3 Short Examples of Beginning, Middle and End.
In general, they are structured in three main parts:
- Beginning: This is the initial part of the narrative. It introduces the characters, the setting and their purposes. It includes the basis for the knot to make sense, that is, the beginning of the action. The idea of this section is that the reader is placed a little in the situation of the story, which is contextualized with the facts of the story. It is one of the most interesting parts of the text because it is where everything begins to develop and must have a complete coherence and have a certain logic, even if we are talking about a science fiction or fantasy story.
- Middle: The conflict or problem of the narrative that the protagonist must solve or overcome is presented. Here the most important events occur, events that will make the story begin to become more complex until it comes to a close. This is the most exciting part of the story, so the author makes use of all his creativity and ingenuity to develop a gripping story that is also easy to understand.
- End: After having reached the point of maximum tension in the story, some event occurs that reorders the elements and signals the end of the story. It is usually a short segment, although this has a lot to do with the story and the author’s style. It works as a conclusion where all the balance that was at the beginning of the story is reestablished.
Example 1: Lazarus The Camel
Once upon a time there was a camel named Lazarus, who worked tirelessly carrying heavy loads, traveling through the deserts of North Africa.
One day Lazarus woke up sick and had a lot of weight on his body to carry. He thought he was in danger of death until a magician named Mauri appeared.
This wise man conversed with Lazarus to ask him about the problem that afflicted him, seeing that in his equipment he had a potion that he gave to Lazarus.
After drinking it, Lazarus began to recover and took the opportunity to thank Mauri for his timely help. They talked and shared food, Mauri camped in his tent and Lazarus rested next to the tent. The next day when both began their return to their places of origin.
Lazarus always kept Mauri’s gesture in his mind and wished him all the best.
Example 2: The Three Little Pigs
Once upon a time, three little pigs went to live alone in the forest, after their mother told them that they were too old to continue living at home with their parents and that it was time to see the world.
So it was that, after walking for several hours, the three brothers found a space that was clear enough for each of them to build their own house. The first one made it out of straw: he was in a hurry to finish it and go out to play. The second piglet didn’t put much effort into it either, he built his own with some wood he found and went to play with his brother. The third was the most hardworking and responsible. He built his house with bricks and cement.
Once the most responsible brother finished his house, he began to play with his brothers in the forest. The little pigs did not notice the presence of a wolf who, after spying them behind a tree, took advantage of the moment when the smallest one moved away from the rest to hunt him.
But as soon as the wolf saw him, he ran away to hide in his little straw house. With a mere blow, the wolf knocked it down. At full speed, the piglet fled to hide with his brother in the wooden house. But after kicking him a few times, the wolf managed to knock this house down as well.
Desperate, the two escaped the wolf’s clutches and took refuge in the brick house, along with their older brother. The wolf tried to tear it down, but did not have the same luck as before. The house remained intact despite the blows and blows that the wolf devoted to it.
Fed up with these failed attempts, the wolf decided to climb up to the roof and enter the house through the chimney. The brothers, attentive to the noises, boiled water in a pot and left it at the foot of the chimney, waiting for what they supposed was going to happen. So, when the wolf was thrown, it fell right into the pot.
In desperation, the wolf ran screaming from the house.
The two younger brothers hugged the older piggy and thanked him for having built such a sturdy little house where they could take shelter. They set to work and built their own houses out of bricks.
Example 3: The Hen with the Golden Eggs
Beginning: Once upon a time, a peasant couple visited the market. Among all the products and animals being sold there, there was one that caught their attention: a large hen. After some discussion, the couple decided that this would be the purchase of the day: a hen for the chicken coop.
Middle: The next morning, when the farmer went into the henhouse to feed the animals and collect their eggs, something caught his attention: The brand new hen had laid a golden egg!
With trembling hands, the farmer picked up the egg and ran to the kitchen to show it to his wife.
This situation was repeated every morning.
The couple became obsessed with the golden goose. Their ambition was such that they decided to come up with a plan to get as many eggs as possible in the shortest possible time. After considering different options, they decided to kill the goose. “Surely all the eggs are inside her,” the farmers concluded.
End: The next day, determined, the couple killed the hen.
But when they opened it, they found that there was nothing inside, not even the egg that corresponded to that day. Thus, the peasants were left without the hen and without the golden eggs. And they learned that ambition is not a good counselor and that fortune can be fleeting.