|Historians usually classify the contents of the present text under two broad heads:|
|1. Narrative: Sections that contain stories are classified as the narrative. E,g. Any dramatic episode such as plots of Duryodhana to kill Pandavas etc. are part of narrative.|
|2. Didactic: Didactic refers to something that is meant for purposes of instruction. Therefore sections that contain prescriptions about social norms are designated as didactic.|
|Though this division is not watertight and often didactic sections include stories as well as narratives often contain a social message.|
|Example: The most important didactic section of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita, which contains the advice offered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna regarding dharma and duty.|
|Historians also agree that the Mahabharata was meant to be a dramatic, moving story, and that the didactic portions were probably added later.|
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