THE CONCEPT OF MYSTIC IN MODERN AMERICAN FILMS OF HORROW

  • Olha Oleksandrivna Zabolotska
Keywords: concept of MYSTIC, functional-semantic field, conceptual metaphorical schemes

Abstract

The paper concerns the theme of concept MYSTIC in filmdiscourse. There were presented ideas of different scientists (such as S. Vorkachov, A. Prykhodko, C. Jung, A.Schopenhauer and some others) concerning the prob­lem of notion “concept” and classification of concepts. Author defines the place of concept MYSTIC in the clas­sification of concepts, its nature, content. Using A.Prykhodko classification, the concept of MYSTIC is defined as theosophical, universal, non-regulative, non-parametric mental construction with abstract semantics.

The paper depicts conceptual metaphorical schemes occurring in studied films and lexemes which verbalize the concept MYSTIC for each of analyzed films. Named units are depicted in a form of functional-semantic field with the nucleus “mystic. It is studied on the material of horror films “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”, “Sea­son of the Witch”, “Underworld”, “Constantine”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, “Supernatural”.

Сo-nuclear area includes nominative units which are semantically close to the adjective mystic as possess the same core element in their semantics, and also help to single out this concept in the analyzed film. Peripheral area of the investigated functional-semantic field contains lexemes, which means mostly ghosts, angels, demons.

Taking into account Lakoff’s scientific conception, in the context of our research we define the other concepts, which help to comprehend the concept of MYSTIC in the analyzed American horror films and reconstruct corre­sponding conceptual metaphors.

By means of quantitative analysis we stated the dominance of the serial “Supernatural” – where 45 concep­tual metaphorical schemes were reconstructed. Accordingly 29 conceptual metaphorical schemes were singled out in the film “Underworld”. The same quantity of conceptual metaphors is actualized in the films Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “Season of the Witch” – 27. The film “Constantine” has 22, and the film “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – only 7 conceptual metaphors.

Comparative analysis of the reconstructed conceptual metaphors in the analyzed films proved that common to all films are conceptual metaphors MYSTIC IS EVIL, MYSTIC IS SIN. Other conceptual metaphors vary depend­ing on the context of each particular filmtext.

References

1. Supernatural. URL: http://www.tv.com/shows/supernatural/watch/
2. Underworld. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il4aAoUUGSg
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. URL: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6f18wf
4. Season of the Witch. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FXzQ9PnEdw
5. Constantine. URL: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2dff4i
6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. URL: https://www.directv.com/movies/Abraham-Lincoln-Vampire-Hunter-bGF2ajkrNFp1UEJtazdnUUZpclFpZz09
Published
2019-12-27
Pages
38-41
Section
SECTION 3 MASS MEDIA LANGUAGE