THE PROBLEM OF BLURRED CORE BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE NOVEL ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR

Keywords: concept, category of death, category of life, image, novel, synergetic approach, synesthesia

Abstract

The article deals with the problem of blurred boundaries of the core binary oppositions, namely "light / darkness", "childhood-adolescence / adulthood", "individual / collective", "duty / morality" in the novel All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr, which highlights the topicality of synergetic approach in modern comparative studies. The problem of blurring between the components of key binary oppositions is one of the moving forces in the analyzed novel, and is of significant novelty for further receptive practice. It is also emphasized that the author interprets the category of death in the analyzed novel, referring to the destructive strategy, aimed to show the goalless sense of death in the context of mass extermination of the population during wars. The category of life is shown in the context of absurd, where its such structural component as future is highlighted with fatalistic semantics. Categories of light and darkness also acquire a new artistic reflection in the analyzed work. The category of knowledge is represented in two semantic aspects – as a tool for cognition of the world to better understand it, and as a tool for destroying those who do not own it. The study of cognitive processes on the basis of verbal data, the separation of a separate layer of so-called tactile literature in the history of literature – one of the new milestones of literary studies. Anthony Doerr is not limited to a certain monoimage of death. Characteristically, in the novel we trace various alternatives to the thanatological image. Anthony Doerr achieves the effect of polyphony of the thanatological category in the novel All the Light We Cannot See through the image of death in the worldview and given experiences of each key character of his creative work. The only thing that unites all variants of the death image is complete lack of fear of possible death.

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Published
2020-11-08
How to Cite
ZHORNOKUI, U. (2020). THE PROBLEM OF BLURRED CORE BINARY OPPOSITIONS IN THE NOVEL ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE BY ANTHONY DOERR. Accents and Paradoxes of Modern Philology, 1(5), 81-95. https://doi.org/10.26565/2521-6481-2020-5-5