Cognitive Correlation In Gothic: A Semiotic Approach


Ramya. B, Research Scholar, Dr. Poonam, Assistant Professor 
SRM University of Science and Technology, Kattangulathur-603203.


Semiotics is theoretically used to unravel the meaning by connecting and interpreting different signs and symbols. Evolution of meaning begins from shared to agreed meaning by the interpretation of facts and information. Thus, certain philosophical tradition is concerned with the understanding of how people use different signs and symbols in meaning-making. To understand the correlation of meaning the researchers has taken two short stories of K. Hari Kumar‟s “The Devil‟s Flower and a piece of Rock”, “A Pair of Pale Hands” are analysed in terms of the semiotic approach, namely the triadic model. This triadic model by Charles Sander Pierce is a three-dimensional model whose axes are: Representamen, Object, and Interpretant. In this research paper, the researchers had correlated the process of meaning-making with Setting, Myth and Blood. Each are individually identified in Shakespeare‟s Macbeth and Hamlet in creating its meaning and development in the story. This paper associates Representamen as form, the setting, Object as a referent to myth and blood. In association with the representamen and object, we get interpreted meaning called the Interpretant. This correlating structural process is seen with reference to Jacques Derrida‟s „Model of Parergon‟. Thus, this paper purports to explore the narrative as a structure of interconnected signs and symbols that are organically rooted to the gothic style of writing and deriving its meaning semiotically.