The Science of Signs: An Analysis of Mantos Mastery of Semiotics

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Abstract

Saadat Hassan Manto is one of the most prominent voices from South-East Asia, who has achieved a legendary status due to his most eloquent and articulate representation of the angst, pain and violence of the Indo-Pak partition. The present research aims at exploring the use and functions of semiotic elements in the works of Saadat Hassan Manto. The sample used for this purpose has been selected from three short stories of Manto, namely Black Salwar and A Lump of Cold Flesh translated by Jai Ratan and Toba Tek Singh translated by Pritchett(n.d.). The theoretical framework used to analyze the text is by Saussure (1983). The research follows a qualitative mode of inquiry. The data has been analyzed thematically, within the fundamentals of the earlier mentioned theoretical framework. The findings of the study revealed that Manto made an extra-ordinary use of semiotics to portray the psychological condition of his characters.

Authors

1-Mehwish Malghani
Assistant Professor, Department of English, SBK Womens University of Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

2-Zartashia Hanif
Assistant Professor, Department of English, SBK Womens University of Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

3-Hina Naz
Lecturer, Department of English, SBK Womens University of Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

Keywords

Manto, Semiotics, Saussure, and Partition

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2019(IV-I).09


Page Nos

66-72

Volume & Issue

IV - I

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Published: Jun 2019

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