SIGNIFICATION THROUGH VARIOUS SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND METAPHORS EMPLOYED BY USMAN ALI IN HIS THREE-ACT PLAY THE GUILT

Authors

  • Ayesha Sajid Durrani M. Phil English Literature, Department of English Literature, GSCWU, Bahawalpur.
  • Dr. Ambreen Shahnaz Lecturer, COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus.
  • Dr. Nagina Kanwal Lecturer English, University of the Punjab Jhelum Campus.

Keywords:

Signs, Usman Ali, The Guilt, Symbol, Signifier, Play

Abstract

The relationships between the ‘signifier’ and the ‘signified’ are referred to as 'signification'. This paper explores “Signification through various signs, symbols and metaphors employed by Usman Ali in his three-act play The Guilt”. Saussure’s discourse on Structuralism, particularly on signs, symbols and
semiotics will be referred to catalogue various signs and their significance in the play. Signs take the form of words, images, sounds, odors, flavors, acts or objects, but they have no intrinsic meaning, and become signs only when one invests them with meaning. Usman Ali has presented all three characters of the play-Shera, Gama, Billa-as the representatives of culture of Pakistan by using signs, symbols and metaphors. Objective of this research is to analyze and interpret these signs to explore how they contribute in adding significant meaning to the play. Not much work has been done on Usman Ali’s The Guilt. This research will be a significant contribution in the context of Pakistani literature in English. Future researchers can work on other works of Ali and promote research in the genre of English Drama by Pakistani writers.

Published

2022-07-08

How to Cite

Ayesha Sajid Durrani, Dr. Ambreen Shahnaz, & Dr. Nagina Kanwal. (2022). SIGNIFICATION THROUGH VARIOUS SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND METAPHORS EMPLOYED BY USMAN ALI IN HIS THREE-ACT PLAY THE GUILT. Pakistan Journal of Society, Education and Language (PJSEL), 8(2), 451-456. Retrieved from https://pjsel.jehanf.com/index.php/journal/article/view/867