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What is Anecdote ?

What is Anecdote ?
1. Definition and Social Function of Anecdote
Anecdote is a text which retells funny and unusual incidents in fact or imagination. Its purpose is to entertain the readers.

2. Generic Structure of Anecdote
  1. Abstract
  2. Orientation
  3. Crisis
  4. Incident.

3. Language Feature of Anecdote
  1. Using exclamation words; it's awful!, it's wonderful!, etc
  2. Using imperative; listen to this
  3. Using rhetoric question; do you know what?
  4. Using action verb; go, write, etc
  5. Using conjunction of time; then, afterward
  6. Using simple past tense

4. Examples and structures of the text
Snake in the Bath 
Abstract
How would you like to find a snake in your bath?  A nasty one too!
Orientation
We had just moved into a new house, which had been empty for so long that everything was in a terrible mess. Anna and I decided we would clean the bath first, so we set to, and turned on the tap.
Crisis
Suddenly to my horror, a snake’s head appeared in the plug-hole. Then out slithered the rest of his long thin body. He twisted and turned on the slippery bottom of the bath, spitting and hissing at us.
Incident
For an instant I stood there quite paralysed. Then I yelled for my husband, who luckily came running and killed the snake with the handle of a broom. Anna, who was only three at the time, was quite interested in the whole business. Indeed I had to pull her out of the way or she’d probably have leant over the bath to get a better look!
Coda
Ever since then I’ve always put the plug in firmly before running the bath water.
 
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