REALIZATION OF BIBLICAL IMAGES-SYMBOLS IN REPRESENTATIVE AND DIRECTIVE SPEECH ACTS (in Frank Peretti's mystical thrillers)
Keywords:biblical image-symbol, directive speech act, representative speech act, cognitive pragmatics, mystical thriller
AbstractIntroduction. The article focuses on the specificity of the realization of biblical imagessymbols in representative and directive speech acts in the mystical thrillers by Frank Peretti, the American postmodernism writer, whose worldview is based on Protestantism (Christianity).
Purpose. The paper aims to determine the ways of realization and functioning of biblical images-symbols in representative and directive speech acts.
Methods. The methodology of cognitive pragmatics, methods of content analysis, conversion analysis, and functional-pragmatic analysis, gave an opportunity to study the speech acts implemented in analyzed biblically-marked contexts that were taken from the mystical thrillers by Frank Peretti.
Results. The representative speech acts are performed through the markers of explanation, reasoning, statement, and recognition; the directives – by directives of induction, call, offering, supplication, ordering, and invitation. In these speech acts biblical images-symbols embody
the most important ideas and intentions, which are interpreted linguistically throughout biblicallymarked contexts.
Conclusion. In representative speech acts, biblical images-symbols are to deepen interpretation of the biblical motives of the “the fall of a man” as the mortal threat to mankind and “the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross” as the redemption of mankind. Biblical images-symbols help to inspire contemplation and spiritual quest in the directives of encouragement, supplication, offering, and are intended to adapt the reader to perceive the world through the biblical guidance and laws in the directives of commanding.
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