Funerary Symbols Usage in Masuji Ibuse's Black Rain (1970) and Oe Kenzaburo's Tile Silent Cry (1967)
This research work will concentrate on Masuji Ibuse's Black Rain (1970) and Oe Kenzaburo's The Silent Cry (1967) attempts to find out on how the funerary symbols appear, how they are employed and their significance in the two selected novels. The research will also look at the effect that funerary symbols have on plot, characterization and themes in the texts. There is a reason that drives a writer into using one form of communication over another in his or her work. An interrogation ofthe works by Japanese writers indicates that the area covered by this research is limited. It is hoped that this study and its findings will contribute in filling the vacuum. This study will be conducted within the guidelines of two theoretical frameworks: semiotics Literary theory and psychoanalysis theory. Semiotics literary approach will be instrumental when it comes to analyzing the communication modes embraced by the two authors. Psychoanalysis theory will be useful in analyzing the funerary symbols employed by the selected authors. The research design to be used in this study will be a descriptive one. Since this will be a library based research, the primary texts will be read alongside other critical works that will be deemed relevant for the findings of the research. The results will then be analyzed before the final findings are written down.