n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Die aard van die daad : wat dóén Germanicus (nie) ...en waarom (nie)?

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



After the publication of the drama &lt;i&gt;Germanicus&lt;/i&gt; in 1956, most literary critics considered the main character Germanicus to be very passive. Accordingly, the merits of the specific drama were in jeopardy. The reason for their objections centred in their judgement of the nature of the concept DEED (revealed as a derived noun &lt;i&gt;deed&lt;/i&gt; from the verb <i>to do).&lt;/i&gt; In this discussion the semantic contents of the relevant concept is examined against the background of the specific drama as a conceptual blend that came into existence as a result of the utilization of three different historical sources and an imagined world. Three different senses of the concept DEED are unveiled by the contents of the drama as a blend. As a result of their conceptual relationship with other prominent concepts within the drama - concepts that are intimately linked to the experience of morality - the different manifestations of the senses of the relevant concept in effect disclose a conceptual morality network within the drama. Against the background of this network, the morality of the actions of Germanicus is closely analyzed.

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