According to the Malbim (although there is a dispute as to whether it really is the Malbim) the structure of the narrative portion of the Haggadah is based on the verse in the Torah from which the obligation to tell the story is derived:
And you shall relate to your child on that day, saying â€œIt is because of this that Hashem acted for me when I came forth out of Egypt.â€ (Shemos (Exodus) 13:8)
This source verse is broken up into six parts corresponding to the six sections of the story in the Haggadah.
â€” And you shall relate to your child
â€” on that day
â€” It is because of this
â€” Hashem acted for me
â€” when I came forth out of Egypt.
“And you shall relate to your child…”
The first eight paragraphs correspond to this verse and teach us about this obligation to tell the story
â€” â€œWe were enslaved unto Pharaoh and G-d freed usâ€â€“ tells us we should relate this to our children who would also still be enslaved had G-d not taken us out.
â€” â€œIt once happened that Rabbi Eliezar..â€ â€“shows that our greatest sages told the story, since the main function is to recount it for our children.
â€” â€œRabbi Elazar, son of Azaryah, saidâ€¦â€ â€“shows the duty to do so at all times.
â€” â€œPraised be the Ever-Present, praised be Heâ€¦â€ â€“shows how every type of child is to be instructed at the Seder.
â€” â€œWhat does the wise son sayâ€¦â€ â€“shows how to teach the wise son
â€” â€œWhat does the wicked son sayâ€¦â€ â€“shows how to teach the wicked son
â€” â€œWhat does the naive son sayâ€¦.â€ â€“shows how to teach the naive son
â€” â€œAnd regarding the one who does not know how to ask a questionâ€¦â€ â€“shows how to teach the son who canâ€™t ask a question
â€“â€œon that Dayâ€¦â€
The next paragraph tells us when the obligation to tell the story applies
â€” â€œOne might think that the obligation to talkâ€¦â€ â€“explains when the special duty applies.
The next paragraphs contain the actual saying of the story of the Exodus
â€” â€œIn the beginning our fathers were worshippers of idolsâ€¦â€ â€“shows the deeper roots of the exile and the Exodus as the way to spiritual redemption.
â€” â€œBlessed is he who keeps His promiseâ€¦â€ â€“shows that G-d kept His promise to Abraham that we will be enslaved and redeemed
â€” â€œIt has stood firmâ€¦in every generation there are those who rise against us..â€ â€“shows that G-d continually redeems us
â€” â€œGo and ascertain what Lavan the Aramite intended to doâ€¦â€ â€“describes the beginning of the Exodus when Jacob went down to Egypt
â€” â€œAnd he went downâ€¦And he sojourned thereâ€¦With few peopleâ€¦And he became there a nationâ€¦â€ â€“Great, mightyâ€¦And formidableâ€¦describes how we became a great nation in Egypt
â€” â€œAnd the Egyptians made evil of usâ€¦â€ â€“And the tormented usâ€¦And laid hard labor upon usâ€¦describes how the Egyptians enslaved us
â€” â€œAnd we cried out unto G-dâ€¦ And G-d heard usâ€¦And He saw our distressâ€¦ And our travailâ€¦ And our oppressionâ€¦â€ â€” describes how G-d heard our pleas
â€” â€œAnd G-d took us out of Egyptâ€¦With a strong handâ€¦And with and outstretched armâ€¦And with great terrorâ€¦And with signsâ€¦And with wondersâ€¦â€ â€“describes how G-d redeemed us
â€” â€œBlood, and fire and smokeâ€¦An alternative explanationâ€¦These are the ten plaguesâ€¦Rabbi Yosi the Galiliean saysâ€¦Rabbi Eliezer saysâ€¦Rabbi Akiva saysâ€¦â€ â€“describes the miracles and wonders G-d did for us during the redemption
â€” â€˜How indebted are weâ€¦How multiple, then is our debt to G-dâ€¦â€ â€“describes additional accounts of G-dâ€™s benevolence which were not yet mentioned
â€œIt is because of thisâ€¦â€ â€“
can be read this is because of.â€¦ Rabban Gamliel reads it this wayâ€¦ this refers to Pesach, Matzah and Maror
â€” â€œRabban Gamliel used to sayâ€¦â€ â€“explains the concrete Mitzvos ordained for the Seder: Pesach, Matzah and Maror.
â€” Pesachâ€¦ Matzahâ€¦Marorâ€¦explains the reason for these Mitzvos
â€œHashem acted for meâ€¦â€
The next paragraphs describe how we should consider it as if Hashem took us out of Egypt
â€” â€œIn every generation, one is obliged to regard himselfâ€¦â€ â€“emphasizes that, in celebrating the Seder, we must see ourselves as having gone out from Egypt.
â€œwhen I came forth out of Egypt.â€
The next paragraphs are the introduction and recitation of Hallel songs of praise, similar to the songs of praise that were recited when we left Egypt.
â€“â€œTherefore it is our duty to thank, praiseâ€¦â€ â€” since Hashem took us out from Egypt, we praise Hashem for his kindness ending the Haggadah with a Bracha.
â€“â€œPraise G-dâ€¦â€ â€” When Israel went out of Egyptâ€¦is the beginning of Hallel which describe the going out from Egypt