Philosophical And Philosophical Metaphors In Jacques Derrida's 'White Mythology'
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No one can deny the transfer of energy from the dispute of Plato and Aristotle to this time through the tension of thought over the metaphor--The tension which fuelled a war between poetic and philosophical metaphor. This paper looks at the ways in which a discourse in a novel and philosophical texts could generate possibilities of meaning, through metaphors and quotation marks, especially scare quotes, as metaphors. The Guide by RK Narayan concludes with a certain uncertainty when the swami who was fasting for rain, suddenly told his disciple waiting for rain, “Look Velan it’s raining in the hills” (237). These lines have become one of the most ambiguous lines in the history of Indian writing in English. This paper will try to find out the metaphor of certainty/uncertainty inherent in it. It will be studied with reference to both elements of philosophical/fictional language of quotation marks, especially through the helioscope of Jacques Derrida’s “White Mythology.”
The basic difference between a scare quote and a quotation mark and which limits its function as a sign is this, respectively: Do they convey something or do they convey something of someone? Are they being used or are they being mentioned? Do they tell or do they show? Between the thought and the text, quotation marks are conditional that is why untrustworthy ’third party’ rhetorical figures. Quotation marks are used when the speaker has lost her/his power to speak for him/herself, through the twenty