Narrative • Literary Terms and Critical Theories • Eckleburg
A story, whether fictional or true and in prose or verse, related by a narrator or narrators (rather than acted out onstage, as in drama). A frame narrative is a narrative that recounts the telling of another narrative or story that thus 'frames' the inner or framed narrative. An example is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," in which an anonymous third-person narrator recounts how an old sailor comes to tell a young wedding guest the story of his adventures at sea. (Norton)