Some Linguistic Peculiarities of Mental Disorders in Fiction (Based on “Flowers For Algernon” By Daniel Keyes)
Different writers try to organize and refine the raw material of facts to empathize and clarify what is the most significant in life in diverse ways. Each writer’s style is unique. Nothing is straightforward in the world of literary taste. Just there are writers who worship figurative language; there are others who apart from figurative language use graphic devices for narratives and sending messages to readers. . The way in which authors manipulate with these means as well as how they apply them in the context evoke readers’ appropriate comprehension. As a result, readers draw inferences as they are expected to do. The present paper aims at clarifying what graphic means are applied while portraying Charlie, a mentally disabled person and his hurt and sufferings. In the world of fiction authors often violate the accepted rules in order to achieve particular purposes. Being one of graphic means, punctuation is frequently ignored by the author in ―Flowers for Algernon‖.Therefore, the author creates the appropriate atmosphere. The other device that helps the author affect readers is graphic realization of mispronounced words, whose importance is also analyzed in the work. One more device analyzed and illustrated in the paper is a spelling mistake that is deliberately made by the author to achieve particular goals. Graphic means are considered visual effects that have a great influence on readers since authors want their readers to infer their main message to them. The way the author uses to portray a vivid image of a mentally disabled person is marked by the application of some graphic devices.
Keywords - Figurative Language, Visual Language, Graphic Devices, Punctuation, Mispronounced Words, Spelling Mistakes, Sending Messages, Readers, Great Influence, Portraying, Mentally Disabled.