Narrative Time and Mode in Firebrands and Somebody’s Daughter: A Comparative Study

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Addis Ababa University


Although Ethiopian novelists have started writing novels in English since long ago, researchers doesn‟t seem to have the desire to analyze those novels from the perspective of narrative techniques. This thesis attempts to analyze Sahle Sellassie‟s „Firebrands‟(1979) and Hiwot Walelign‟s „Somebody‟s Daughter‟(2018) from the perspective of narrative techniques with respect to Narrative Time and Mode. It deals with the comparative analysis of the two novels pointing out their strong and weak sides. The findings indicate the two novels share similarity in the above mentioned elements of narrative technique with some differences. Both narrators also share similarity in narrative time with some differences. Although both of them deviate in the order of the events, the narrator in Somebody‟s Daughter(2018) deviates more in her order of presentation.In terms of duration both novels share similarity because of the discourse time being shorter than the story time although the discourse time is much shorter in Somebody‟s Daughter (2018) than Firebrands (1979). In terms of frequency more iterative, the second type of singulative telling and repetitive telling are used in Somebody‟s Daughter (2018) than in Firebrands (1979). With regard to narrative mode scenic presentation and dialogues are the favored method in Firebrands (1979) but summary is chosen by the narrator in Somebody‟s Daughter(2018).All the differences are attributed to the volume of the respective novels because Firebrands (1979) having more pages than Somebody‟s Daughter(2018) gives greater opportunity for the narrator to use more dialogues and scenic presentation



Although Ethiopian novelists have started writing novels in English since long ago