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Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
by jewish_scientist
The "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, the literal text (the words on the page) adds to the metaphorical text (the piece of art). It is easiest to explain what I mean with examples.

The story switches between the perspectives of 2 characters. For one character, the novel is told from first person point of view and the text is left aligned, while for the other it is third person point of view and justified. In addition, the novel is not told chronologically. At the climax a character has a mental breakdown and starts talking to an imaginary person, whose dialog is not put in quotation marks and is italicized. The equivalent to all of this (except for the non-linearity) in film would be editing and cinematography.

I want to write an essay on how these things add to the story, but I do not know how to search for papers on the topic. What are even the words to describe this technique and the effect it has on the reader?

Re: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:12 pm UTC
by Kewangji
You're talking about Form adhering to Function. Maybe look up the Halliday method of story analysis. I tend to use Leech and Short's handbook Style in Fiction.

Re: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
by jewish_scientist
If anyone cares, I found what I was looking for. Fabula refers to the events that happen in a story and syuzhet refers to how a story is presented. I actually found an article that directly talks about the fabula and syuzhet of "The Bluest Eye".