Believability on the axes of structuralism: Yan Martel's Life of Pi

Habibi, S. J. and Karbalaei, S. S. (2014) Believability on the axes of structuralism: Yan Martel's Life of Pi. 3L Language, Linguistics and Literature: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 20 (3). pp. 147-160. ISSN 0128-5157

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Abstract

Elaborating on parallel, substitutional and correlated elements of the narrative in Yan Martel's Life of Pi, this study aims at examining Martel's technique for presenting a believable story in his novel. To discuss the way the believability of Pi's narrative gets solidified, this enquiry takes advantage of the organizing principles of structuralism, namely, the metonymical-syntagmatic and the metaphorical-paradigmatic axes. Attributing the various correlating elements of the novel to these axes shows that what actually makes Pi a reliable narrator and simultaneously his narrative believable are the very parallel structures of the novel.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > English
Divisions: Department of > English
Depositing User: Arshiya Kousar
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 10:58
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 10:58
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/3490

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