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An Approach to Reevaluating and Understanding Chekhov in the Perspective of Theme, Motif, Symbol and Writing Style (Published)

Anthon   Chekhov   can   strikingly   be   marked   out   for   his   artistic   ingenuity in   composing   his    short   stories    imbued    with   cornucopia   of    ideas   with   pinpoint   accuracy. He   has   amassed    so    many   cutting    edge   ideas   which   represent    the   matter   of    opinions    which   can    be   often    described   as   a   sense   of   sentimental, emotive,   equivocal, weird, funny, and   even   haunting and   taunting .  A gushing   outlet of   emotional   intelligence   and   essence   of    life   are   found   in   Anthon   Chekhov’s   writing. Chekhovian   short  stories    do   not  let  the  reader   a  solid   message   rather   it  caters  to  the  readers  to   give   room   to   extract   the   themes  of   the   stories   from  abyss of  twist and turn  . Russian   literature    owes    to    Chekhov    by    large   for   he   got   the   nerves   of    the   Russian   people    and    their    turn   of    mind.  His    delineation   of   the   characters   is    enshrouded   in   delicate   touch   and    his   dealings   with   the   characters   has   an   emollient   tone. His experiential   learning   with   the   social    maladies   bounds him to present the scenario    of decadent, corroding and worked-up   society of Russia. His    play   with   the   word   also   contributes   to    the creation   of   the    characterization   more    sharply    and   nicely. His   words   are   woven into inviting creation   with a   single   thread   polished with fine   texture. His   plot  is  pregnant  with  comical   references  resulting  in  presenting  the  malaise   of  Russian   society. Broadly speaking, his    writing   has   always   been   the showcases of   human   characters   and    complexities   of the world.

Keywords: Characters, Chekhov, Motif, Symbols, Theme, Writing Style

Ethnography Of Communication – A Study of Just Lather, That’s all (Published)

Ethnography of Communication is a novel approach that relates language with the cultural norms, values and the speaking rules that are specific to a particular speech community. Duranti (1997)1 defines Ethnography as follows:Ethnography is the written description of the social organization, social activities, symbolic and material resources, and interpretive practices characteristic of a particular group of people”. A number of scholars including Dell Hymes (1962)2 Sherzer (1983)3, Hill and Hill (1986)4 and Saville-Troike (2003)5 worked in the framework of ethnography of communication. Though the studies made by all ethnographers generally focus on the spoken language in a community, it is possible to extend the above frameworks to the analysis of short stories in view of the fact that many short stories are not merely narratives from a third person point of view but involve dialogues between characters. Often the speech patterns, expressions, motivations and the logical deductions they make are in conformity with the particular society they belong to. In particular, the SPEAKING Model evolved by Dell Hymes (1974)6 is found to be highly adaptable to the analysis of short stories.

Keywords: Characters, Conflict, Culture, Just Lather, Language, communication

The Dualistic Mode of the Divided Heroism in Heart of Darkness and Season of Migration to the North (Published)

This paper analyses the Dualistic Mode of the Divided Heroism in Heart Darkness and Season of Migration to the North. Heart of Darkness is a novel by the Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story’s narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. And in Season of Migration to the North the unnamed narrator has returned to his native village in the Sudan after seven years in England furthering his education. On his arrival home, the Narrator encounters a new villager named Mustafa Sa’eed who exhibits none of the adulation for his achievements that most others do, and he displays an antagonistically aloof nature. Mustafa betrays his past one drunken evening by wistfully reciting poetry in fluent English, leaving the narrator resolute to discover the stranger’s identity. The story of Mustafa’s troubled past in Europe, and in particular his love affairs with British women, form the center of the novel. The narrator then discovers that the stranger, Mustafa Sa’eed, awakens in him great curiosity, despair and anger, as Mustafa emerges as his doppelganger. The novel has also been related in many senses to Heart of Darkness by the author Joseph Conrad. Both novels explore cultural hybridity, cross-colonial experiences, and orientalism. The paper tries to clarify the divided heroism in Heart of Darkness through Kurtz and Marlowe, while in Season of Migration to the North through the anonymous narrator and Mustafa Saeed.

Keywords: Characters, Cultural Identity, Dualism, Heroes