The Power of Rhetoric Figures as Foregrounding Elements in J. Steinbeck’s the Pearl


A writer's style of narrating is worth analyzing, especially when this style of writing can serve as a powerful tool to convey the writer's intention in writing the story as well as to attract the readers' attention to keep on reading and to appreciate the story more. In this case, a writer can use certain linguistic features to function as foregrounding elements in the story. This paper focuses on the use of rhetoric figures used by John Steinbeck in his novella, The Pearl, in the forms of figures of speech, such as metaphors, similes, and hyperboles, and also lexical repetition. Furthermore, this paper will see how these features become interesting foregrounding elements that can attract the readers' attention and how they are also used to support some literary elements of the novella. The method used in analyzing this is the descriptive method with the referential technique. The grand theory used in Stylistics, which is a study of style in language, or more specifically, the study of distinctive linguistic features. This analysis results in the findings that the figures of speech and the lexical repetition are proved to be powerful features in supporting the characterization, the setting of place, and the plot of the story.

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Trisnowati Tanto, Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Humanities - Language

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