Analysis of Text and Context in the Time of Violence
The present work deals with language and the inner representation of outer reality: how the author manipulated language and produced a vivid representation of a violent regime. “The flight of the tiger” is an allegorical tale of a dictatorial period: a group of “saviors” take over a village “lost somewhere amid the cordillera, the sea, and adversity”. Mingling of reality and imagination places the novel within magic realism. The author, Daniel Moyano, used an everyday language, containing a great deal of euphemisms, allegories, magic elements, and profoundly rooted in a complex social context. In the present paper we analyze The flight of the tiger with a model taken from Norman Fairclough’s “Language and Power”(1989): description, interpretation and explanation, we refer to the contextual schema that are vital for meaning, and we also make some comparisons between the original written in Spanish and the English version.
Keywords: Text, Context, Magic Realism
Ms Cecilia Silva
Lecturer, Center for the Advancement of Higher Education, Tohoku University