Narrative Modes in Be'alu Girma's Novel 'Oromay'

Document Type : Original Article


Addis Ababa University



In the world of storytelling, storytellers make a great endeavor to deliver it in the best way they could. For such effect, authors use different modes of presenting a story. The best fitting term for this idea is narrative modes in which the study has attempted to explore. Narrative modes are the ways how narratives are presented in the story. A narrator can present a certain story using different modes of narration either independently or in a mixed form. The present study aims at exploring facts and events how and why these modes of narration are constructed in Be’alu Girma’s masterpiece, Oromay,. The novel is one of the most influential novels written during the reign of Derg regime to oppose the ruling government. The study has employed a qualitative research method, i.e. textual analysis of the text would be used. Overall, the novel mostly intends to use scenic mode of presentation in its different features. Dialogue and description of detailed action events are the common types. The narrator mostly transfers the information through direct speech in the form of dialogue. The most important events are narrated in scenic mode for intimacy effect. Since the story time and discourse time are relatively the same, this mode of presentation helps readers to participate in the discourse equally with characters and understand the story closely from the characters original utterances other than the narrator’s.


Volume 06, Issue 02
June 2022
Pages 52-62
  • Receive Date: 24 March 2022
  • Revise Date: 12 April 2022
  • Accept Date: 13 May 2022
  • First Publish Date: 13 May 2022