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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
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Lidiya Teka Gebremichael, Department of Ethiopian Language and Literature, Mizan-Tepi University, Mizan-Aman, Ethiopia
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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
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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. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190703.11
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