Characterization through stylistic variation in First-Person narratives : a stylistic analysis of <i>Sozaboy, a Novel in Rotten English</i> by Ken Saro-Wiwa, <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> by J.D. Salinger, <i>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</i> by Mark Haddon - DUMAS - Dépôt Universitaire de Mémoires Après Soutenance Access content directly
Master Thesis Year : 2013

Characterization through stylistic variation in First-Person narratives : a stylistic analysis of Sozaboy, a Novel in Rotten English by Ken Saro-Wiwa, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Abstract

This study aims to analyze the authorial strategy of characterization through stylistic variation in three first-person narratives. The novels of the corpus are apparently quite different in terms of their dates of publication, authors and topics, but they share a common structure and the unusualness of their narrators. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger gives a voice to Holden, an American teenager, suffering from his moodiness and confusing emotions, who questions the world around him. In Sozaboy, a Novel in Rotten English, Saro-Wiwa portrays Mene, whose life and experience affect, and show through, his words. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon writes as Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy suffering from Asperger's Syndrome (a form of autism altering his emotions and his ability to communicate).
Ce mémoire met en relation trois romans apparemment très différents en termes de dates de publication, auteurs, origines géographiques et contenu. Les trois ouvrages ont cependant des points communs quant à leur forme : ils sont tous trois des récits à la première personne ; les trois narrateurs sont de jeunes hommes présentant des particularités psychologiques, médicales ou culturelles (l'un est un adolescent en proie à des angoisses et des émotions caractéristique de son âge ; l'un est un enfant-soldat Nigérian ; enfin, le dernier est atteint du Syndrome d'Asperger, une forme d'autisme). Cette étude vise à étudier comment, à travers des variations stylistiques et donc à travers le langage de leurs textes, les trois auteurs parviennent à produire une certaine image de leurs narrateurs.
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dumas-00926314 , version 1 (13-01-2014)

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Marie Léger. Characterization through stylistic variation in First-Person narratives : a stylistic analysis of Sozaboy, a Novel in Rotten English by Ken Saro-Wiwa, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Literature. 2013. ⟨dumas-00926314⟩

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