A study on how meaning is born through the narrative structure in Ali Badr's novel Hars al-Tabagh

Document Type : علمی - پژوهشی


shahid beheshti university



This research seeks to analyze the production and birth of meaning in the novel "The Tobacco Keeper"(Hars al-Tabagh) by Ali Badr as a meaningful text. To achieve this goal, we must analyze the narrative structure of this story, go through the superficial layer of the text and reach the deeper layers so that, in addition to the superficial structures of meaning, we can find the structures that are in the depth of the text. Because these internal structures, in addition to having a semantic connotation, also produce meaning. We want to know why the initial position of the narrative plot, "The Tobacco Keeper", began with the act of death? Is there a change in the main character by comparing the beginning and end of the narrative? Has there been a change in the structure of the narrative? Was there a movement in the novel "The Tobacco Keeper"? In the middle of the story we see the main character changing her identity several times. Why? Is there a relationship between thought and narrative structure? The study of the superficial layers of this novel reveals a precise and direct connection between the author's thought and the narrative structures of this novel. The fear and anxiety caused by the instability of Iraq is very important in the thought of Ali Badr, and this fear and anxiety is reflected in the personality of Youssef Sami Saleh (Haider Salman, Kamal Medhat) in his relationship with himself, others and the world. And the worst fear and anxiety is the fear of death.


Volume 10, Issue 21 - Serial Number 21
December 2020
Pages 151-179
  • Receive Date: 06 June 2021
  • Revise Date: 03 January 2022
  • Accept Date: 02 January 2022
  • First Publish Date: 02 January 2022