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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Mystery in Sepedi detective stories : research article

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to illustrate the importance of the concept "mystery" in the classification of Sepedi detective stories. Mystery is therefore first defined, and then some rules governing how mystery is created and sustained in a narrative are reviewed. Examples are given of how the writers of Sepedi detective stories mislead their readers in order to create mystery. Mystery is then examined according to five of its constituent elements, namely the real character of the detective, the name of the criminal, the identity of the victim, the evidence that reveals the mystery in the end, and the investigation that reveals the mystery. Each category is explored by citing relevant examples from Sepedi detective stories.


Die doel van hierdie artikel is om die belangrikheid van die konsep "raaisel" in die klassifikasie van Sepedi speurverhale te illustreer. Die raaisel word eers gedefinieer en daarna word 'n oorsig gegee van die reëls wat die skep en voortbou van die raaisel onderlê. Voorbeelde word verskaf van hoe Sepedi-speurverhaalskrywers lesers doelbewus mislei om daardeur raaisels te skep. Die raaisel word vervolgens bestudeer aan die hand van vyf onderliggende elemente, naamlik die ware karakter van die speurder, die naam van die misdadiger, die identiteit van die slagoffer, die bewyse wat daartoe lei dat die raaisel aan die einde ontrafel word en die ondersoek wat die raaisel aan die lig bring. Elke kategorie word ondersoek deur die verwysing na gepaste voorbeelde uit Sepedi-speurverhale.

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