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

Habibi, Seyed Javad and Karbalaei, Sara Soleimani (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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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
Keywords:structuralism; metonymical-syntagmatic axis; metaphorical-paradigmatic axis; believability
Journal:3L ; Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
ID Code:7745
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Deposited On:14 Oct 2014 08:16
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