Love, war and lexicogrammar: Transitivity and characterisation inthe Moor's Last Sigh

E. Hilton Hubbard
1999 Journal of Literary Studies  
Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh is a most energetic piling up of different stories, but in the diversity so created there is also thematic unity, brought about most forcefully through the character of Aurora, the narrator's mother -'most sharp-tongued woman of her generation' -and through the counterpoint of her relationship with her husband, the shadowy Abraham. This paper examines transitivity patterns in certain passages of the novel, showing how these lexicogrammatical features
more » ... cal features underpin the perception that it is Aurora in particular, but other women too, who dominate the narrative -and the men in their lives. More generally, the paper points up the value of transitivity analysis in explicating reader responses to characters in fiction.
doi:10.1080/02564719908530236 fatcat:ks56vy4ozfhshlgnganpclg4ky