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Phonological and Graphology

After skimming through all text, dialogs occupied two-third space of whole content, assisted by computerword processor counting function, the total lineages is 105, while dialogs is 50. Therefore, different soundscan be imagined by readers as if they were watching a true movie

Segmental, Supra-segmental

Sound symbolism can be found in the description of winter environment outside the door when the fathergoes

out for hunting, for instance, words like “slipped and slithered, slide away”

are some sounds felt to bein some way appropriate to the meanings expressed, which decode the low temperature outside and icecover everywhere.


Spacing is the significant features in this story, special line lengths in dialogs, most dialogs were just one

or two short sentences. That‟s why the misunderstanding happened between father and son, they didn‟t

fully express their feeling in long and detail sentences. The shorter the dialogs, the more meaning it

indicate that‟s the hint and elaborate arrangement. Different density of punctuation in different texts, “ADay‟s wait” is the article leave blank line between every dialog which arise readers‟ imagination. Another

obvious graphology feature is repetition, especially in their dialogs, one ask question and the other repeatone or more same words. Here we quote some example of repetition.1 "Do you want me to read to you?""All right. If you want to,2 Papa, if it bothers you""It doesn't bother me""No, I mean you don't have to stay if it's going to bother you"3 "Just take it easy""I'm taking it easy"4 "About what time do you think I'm going to die?""About how long will it be before I die?""You aren't going to die. What's the matter with you?"

5 “It's like miles and kilometers.”

"It's like miles and kilometers. You know, like how many kilometers we make when we do seventy miles inthe car?"In the first quotation, father just shows

his concern about his son‟s feeling loneliness and make

s a releaseenvironment to let his son to sleep, while his son obeys his father and thinks that it is just one way for his

father to forget his coming death. In the second quotation, “it” and “bother” appear three times that lead to

misunderstanding as well

as “it “shows in the third quotation, the son care about his father and doesn‟t

want to infect his fa

ther or disturb him. In the four quotation “die” resolve all the misunderstanding, and

make the story at its climax. How to explain the difference between centigrade and Fahrenheit, father usesa simple figure the son can understand easily at his level. May

be “Schatz” has

learned the definition of


kilometers and miles when he is nine years old.


The distribution of lexical items in this text i

s quite different from Hemingway‟s other short story; it is

based on simple words everyday uses, just like parents and sons/daughters speak to each other withoutabstruse and big words

Words Repetition

As mention before,


appears twenty-three times, different demonstrative pronouns indicate differentideas which are hints and reasons why three misunderstandings occur.To analyze the three misunderstandings, it is necessary to decode each "it"

stand for, and true meaning “it”

relates to.

Precondition: father only “wrote the boy's temperature down and made a note of the time to give thevarious capsules.”, therefore son can see


the fever information “one


hundred and two degree” but not

mention with which gauge.Misunderstanding:

1. "You don't have to stay in here with me, Papa, if it bothers you" (it means father‟s care for me)

2. "It doesn't bother me" (it means reading a book for his son)3. "No, I mean you don't have to stay if it's going to bother you" (it means my death make you feel sorrow)

4. “I said. „It was one hundred and two and four tenths‟ "(It means Fahrenheit de


5.” "It was a hundred and two," he said.

(It means centigrade)

6. "Don't think," I said. "Just take it easy" (It means the boy‟s heat)

7. "I'm taking it easy" he said and looked straight ahead. " (It means my death) According to different mea

ning of “it”, the former ones that come from different understandings of


indicate father‟s considerate attention and son‟s doubt. The later ones compare father‟scomfortable emotion to son‟s oppressive heroic emotion facing Azrael‟s coming. And

also that indicate why

father go hunting when his son is fever. All uses of “it” are measurements to represent the son‟s great c

almfacing death.

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