STYLISTIC DEVICES AS THE MEANS OF AUTHOR’S WORLDVIEW MODELING IN MEDITATIVE PARABLES BY ANTHONY de MELLO


  • Т.Е. Бублик

Abstract

The article is done within the framework of anthropocentric paradigm of modernlinguistic studies aimed at the description of verbalized fragments of any work in their syntactic-stylistic and cognitive-communicative content. The focus of our interest is on the meditative parables by Anthony de Mello, which seems topical from the viewpoint of the investigation of cognition mechanisms and the ways of their presentation on the level of text formations. This phenomenon is placed in the center of an unfailing interest among linguists nowadays.The article analyses the main stylistic devices that are used in meditative parables by Anthony de Mello to decode the author’s worldview. Anthony de Mello’s worldview perception is based on the conviction that the desired calmness of life may be found close to nature in solitude and observation. This conviction is verbalized in his idiostyle on the level of the stylistic devices of paradox, oxymoron, simile and personification actualized in the parables under investigation. The philosophy of the author is based on the paradoxof world perception: he is a priest but treats religion as one of the destructive elements for a person’s development he tries to act as a Master-teacher but at the same time states one of his key paradoxical ideas that a Master exists «to make you see the uselessness of having one».Stylistic figures of paradoxes, oxymorons, antitheses, similes and personifications are pointed out and lexical units used to verbalize the corresponding figures of speech are highlighted in the article. Verbs denoting «sense perception» are employed in paradoxical and oxymoronic combinations and are built on lexical transformations denoting «to listen to something that can’t be heard», «to look at something that can’t be seen». Their meaning is strengthened and supplemented by means of allusions from the Bible, similes, antitheses etc. Another prominent stylistic device of meditative parables is personification. In meditative parables plants, animals, nature and abstract phenomena talk, act, think. Elements of personification are also revealed in the use of possessive pronouns to denote the above-mentioned categories.All in all, lexical units used to verbalize the corresponding figures of speech belong to the sphere of our everyday life and are familiar to the reader due to the connection with their jobs, modes of life, flora or fauna. Paradoxical constructions, oxymoronic transformations and examples of personification coincide with the author’s understanding of the world that everything is hidden in nature and simplicity. Stylistic figures of paradox, oxymoron and antithesis as key stylistic devices, make meditative parables more expressive, evoke different emotions and are used by the author to reveal the general conception of theworks in question as well as the author’s paradoxically-contradictory worldview understanding.Keywords: meditative parable, stylistic device, paradox, oxymoron, antithesis, simile, personification.
Published
2015-09-01
How to Cite
Бублик, Т. (2015). STYLISTIC DEVICES AS THE MEANS OF AUTHOR’S WORLDVIEW MODELING IN MEDITATIVE PARABLES BY ANTHONY de MELLO. Anglistics and Americanistics, (12). Retrieved from https://anglistika.dp.ua/index.php/AA/article/view/104