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Title: MAJOR SYMBOLS IN SELECTED AMHARIC NOVELS
Authors: MENGISTIE, GIRMA
Advisors: Ato Zerihun Asfaw
Copyright: 2002
Date Added: 24-Apr-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze symbols frequently employed in ten Amharic novels of six pre and post revolution of 1974 writers. The study attempts to investigate the similarities and differences that exist between the writers in their use of symbols. A detailed discussion of the term symbol is presented in order to have a theoretical framework that would provide insight into the meaning of symbol. Symbols identified in the novels are collected, categorized and analyzed in the context of the novels. The main finding of the research is that the writers mostly use universal and public symbols. These symbols are employed to develop the theme of the novels, to portray the mental state of the characters, in a way that they strengthen the theme of the novels. The writers usually use to foreshadow events that will happen in the lives of the main characters. The writers of the pre-revolution period expose the suppressions and evils of the feudal system as well as its corruption. They criticize and satarize some aspects of the traditions of the feudal lords, while in the novels set in post revolution period the writers glorify the revolution and belittle the feudal system. Finally it is recommended that further in-depth research, on the subject should be conducted. Besides, the works of writers that are not included in this study and other new writers should be studied deeply to know the archetypal symbols of Ethiopian writers and the trends that are seen in the use of symbols.
Description: A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTERS OF ARTS IN LITERATURE
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/941
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