Mediatiion of Central Metaphors in Narrative Discourse

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I. Introduction A. The statement of the problem A narrative seems to be more than the events and retelling of them by the narrator(s). B. The purpose of the study Applying the features of signs in terms of semiotics to the narrative discourse and metaphor in order to explain the concept of mediation C. The significance of the study It reveals how metaphors can affect the way we comprehend the world and are a means by which certain narratives are naturalized in us. D. Hypothesis Metaphors mediate the story and can transform the narrative discourse. E. The Definition of key terms 1. Narrative: It refers to the combination of the story and the narrative discourse. a. Story: It is the event or a sequence of events that create the skeleton of the narrative. b. Narrative discourse: It refers to the way in which events are represented. 2. Metaphor: A trope that makes it possible for language users to say “this” is “that”, as well as, a relational means that allows for the understanding of one thing in terms of another. a. Visual Metaphor: Two adjoining images, shots etc. between which, there is a transferring of qualities and features. b. Central Metaphor: A metaphor that modifies – not as a rigid rule – the narrative, but not the event (story). 3. Sign: The building block of any sign system that comprises the “signified” and the “signifier”, both of which Saussure argues to be immaterial and result in the immateriality of the sign. However, later on, the signifier received a more material characteristic. F. The limitations and delimitations According to the fact that “metaphor” is the most comprehensive term among the many that refer to various figures of speech, only metaphor is elaborated upon. The definition employed in this process is modified in a way that accounts for the role a
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