Semiotics Analysis of a Principal Character in Balem Hiwot Ande Ken
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2019, Pages: 61-65
Received: May 13, 2019;
Accepted: Jun. 19, 2019;
Published: Jul. 2, 2019
Views 230 Downloads 79
Lidiya Teka Gebremichael, Department of Ethiopian Language and Literature, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan-Aman, Ethiopia
Follow on us
Analyzing a work of literature needs a sharp insight to understand beyond the written word. Meaning is more subjective than universal. Thereby, to extract meaning from creative work which can help to rewrite the work again by investigating the cultural connotations, signs, symbols and sayings (phrases) which embody the unsaid one. This is the reason that Semiotics is suitable to explore the features of meaning by considering everything as a sign. As the contemporary Semoticians there are three level of interpretation of sign. The first is recognizing or extracting the sign from the text which is syntactic, the second and the third is making meaning and analysing the Sign in relation to other sign which is semantic and Pragmatics. This article is intended to analyze the personality of the principal character of “Balem Hiwot Ande Ken” short story. Inter-textual method of analysis is implemented. The personality of Alem (principal character) is mainly related to her leg scar which is directly related to her sexual life. In the story the details of Alem’s life not mentioned but there is some clues which lead us in to the secret of principal character that hide deep not to remember. Her life is miserable because of her sexual relationship with different males, mainly her scar and every action of her is symbolic to this.
Semiotics, Sign, Scar, Identity, Sexuality and Life
To cite this article
Lidiya Teka Gebremichael,
Semiotics Analysis of a Principal Character in Balem Hiwot Ande Ken, International Journal of Literature and Arts.
Vol. 7, No. 3,
2019, pp. 61-65.
Copyright © 2019 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Jodi Picoult. (2012). Lone Wolf. Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books.
Tyson, Lois. (2006). Critical Theory Today: User-Friendly Guide. Imprint of Taylor and Francis Group, an informal business.
Peirce, C. S. (1931-57) Collected papers 1931-1957 (71b/s), Harvard. Cambridge: University Press.
Eco, U. (1976). A Theory of Semiotics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Danesi, M. and Perron, P. (1999). Analyzing Cultures: An Introduction and Handbook. Bloomington: Indiana UP.
Chandler, D. (2003). Semiotics for Beginner. (Www document) URL http//wwwaberac.uk/media/document/S4B.119/2000.
Paul cobley. (2005). The Rout ledge Companion to Semiotics and Linguistics. London and New York, Taylor and Francis Group.
Chandler Daniel. (2007). Semiotics the Basics. New York, Published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library.
Adame Reta. 1989. Mahalet. Addis Ababa, kuraze publishing.
Tewodrose Gebre. (2010). Myth and Sexuality:A Mythopoeic Reading of Letum Aynegallin. Callaloo, Vol 33, No. 1, pp 136-145.
"Scar". (2014). Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.
Bealu Girma. 1970. kademas Bashager. Addis Ababa, Ethiopian book Institute.
Cavallaro, Dani. (2001). Critical and Cultural Theory. London: The Althlone Press.
Fiske, J. (1972). Introduction to Communication Studies. USA: Methuen, Inc.
Brooks, William. 1977. Speech Communication. USA: Proum Company.