Linguistic Deviation in Hemingways' One Reader Writes (A Stylistic Study)
Explaining the relation between language and artistic function is the area of stylistics. This discipline is concerned with the application of theoretical ideas and analytical techniques drawn from linguistics to the study of literary texts in order to arrive at a more broadly based objective analysis. It is the study of style which refers to the way in which language is used by a given person in a given context; and in literature, it incorporates the entire linguistic repertoire utilized by a given writer in a given literary work. One of the mechanisms used to anaylse a writer's style is through 'linguistic deviation'. The present paper is thus an attempt to apply this particular mechanism to the interpretation of one of Hemingway's short stories 'One Reader Writes'. It aims to enable the reader to enjoy, understand and appreciate the literary devices used by the writer to effectively communicate his message.
To tackle this topic, the paper is divided into six sections. Section one presents the preliminaries: it involves Hemingway, the story behind his 'One Reader Writes', the procedure followed in the analysis of the story, etc. Section two dwells on deviation as a stylistic device in literary analyses. Section three sheds light on two major types of deviation: internal and external deviations. Section four is concerned with the analysis of the story in the light of the types of deviation mentioned above. Section five exhibits the interpretive value of deviation as a stylistic device, and refers to its role in helping the reader to arrive at the hidden agenda behind a literary work. Section six, eventually, presents the conclusions the study has arrived at. The paper ends with a list of the references cited.
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