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Mind Style Analysis of Emma Donoghue's Protagonist in the Novel Room
Valerija Tominc, 2018, master's thesis

Abstract: Emma Donoghue’s main character and narrator in Room is a literary construct with a severely deviant mind style that portrays a unique outlook on the world. The protagonist is a five-year-old boy who has been living in extreme social isolation his whole life. His mother was kidnapped, locked in a room and repeatedly raped and gave birth to a son named Jack. The dissertation analyses and outlines the deviant features of his mind style. The analysis later focuses on the underlying reason that inspired or even provoked the author to construct such a deviant mind style. Two possible phenomena are introduced as the basis for the analysis. The first theory that is researched and then compared to the constructed mind style, is the theory of feral people, individuals living in extreme social isolation. Certain cases were supposedly raised by animals, others contained in small spaces without human contact. The second possible theory explaining Donoghue’s unique mind style construction, is an autistic disorder. Characteristics of feral and autistic individuals are often similar and sometimes even overlap, which is why this phenomenon was chosen as an alternative option for the basis of the construction of Jack’s mind style. The dissertation finally tries to determine, whether a feral or autistic nature can be ascribed to the protagonist, and to what extent he pertains to either theory.
Keywords: stylistics, mind style, foregrounding, deviation, feral, autistic
Published in DKUM: 30.11.2020; Views: 937; Downloads: 68
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