Discourse analysis of the characterization of the protagonist Noah of The Notebook

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Discourse analysis of the characterization of the protagonist Noah of The Notebook

 

Author: Chen, Jie Jessie
Title: Discourse analysis of the characterization of the protagonist Noah of The Notebook
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2014
Subject: Fiction -- Technique
Discourse analysis
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: v, 86 page : illustrations
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2775897
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/7684
Abstract: This project has analyzed the characterization of the protagonist Noah of The Notebook on the one hand through specifying the protagonist's experience using the transitivity system (Halliday, 2004) to classify six different types of processes, including two sub-types of material process, three sub-types of mental process and two sub-types of relational process, and on the other hand through indicating the narrative techniques (Genette, 1990) which have been constituted in the fictional discourse. The data is collected from the first three chapters, namely Miracle, Ghost and Reunion of the fiction. Every chapter contributes two excerpts, one in which the protagonist is in solitude and the other in which the protagonist stays only with the other protagonist named Allie, taking into account the protagonist's different experiential statuses under different circumstances and thus acquiring a more inclusive picture of the characterization of the protagonist. The result indicates that 1) different types of focalizations can reveal or cover certain types of processes in narration, 2) different types of narrators can influence the occurrence of certain types of processes, and 3) the use of narrative time can reinforce or weaken the effect of narration about certain types of experience.

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