Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor


Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

–Menonim Menonimus


Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

‘Dialogue’ refers to the conversation between two or more people. The use of dialogue imparts dramatic quality to a novel. Dialogue should be used sparingly and carefully with the intention that through dialogue the plot may get evolved and the characters may get revealed their true passion, emotion, motive, feeling etc.  Dialogue should be in keeping with the personality of the speakers and suitable to the situation. For instance, a king should talk like a king, a maidservant like a maidservant, a ruffian like a ruffian, a woman of fashion like a woman of fashion, and a clergyman like a clergyman. In brief, to say, dialogue should be realistic but in using dialogue the novelist should take care that the speech may not go in any way beyond the purpose of the novelist. For example, in a real-life situation, people happen to make a quarrel in which the people involved use many unnecessary words or repetitions of the same words. The novelist must eschew them all and employ only those talks which serve the purpose of the evolution of the plot and unfold the inner motives, passion, feeling etc. of the characters.

Tawfiq al-Hakim may be called a master of dialogue. He has employed ample dialogue to meet his purpose. His dialogues have played a veritable role in evolving the plot and expressing the inner motives, feelings and passions of his characters. For instance, we can quote the dialogues exchanged between the judge and a village people who were charged with washing clothes in the canal.

 “You are charged with having washed your clothes in the canal!”

 “Your honour- may God exalt your position- are you going to fine me just because I washed my clothes?”

“It’s for washing them in the canal.”

“Well, where else could I wash them?” 

To clarify the point more we can quote the following conversations between the judge and a poor village man who was charged with not paying taxes to the government.

 “In the eye of law, you are charged with theft.”

 “Your honour, we have every respect for the law. But the law can see what goes on and must know that I’m flesh and blood and must have something to eat.”

 “Have you anyone to stand bail for you?”

 “I am all alone in the world.”

 “Can you pay a guarantee?”

 “If I had money, I’d use it to get some food.”

 “If you pay fifty piastres bail, you can be released at once.”

 “Fifty piastres? Heavens alive, sir, I have not seen what money looks like, I don’t even know if it still has a hole in the middle or if they have made it solid.”

From the above two instances, we have come to see that the dialogues employed by the author in the novel suit his purpose best. The dialogues have taken the theme of the novel a step forward and along with it, they have revealed the inner motives and feelings of the characters. 0 0 0

Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor 

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Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

N. B. This article entitled ‘Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor’ originally belongs to the book ‘Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel ‘Yawmiyyat Naib Fil Arayaf-An Analytical Study‘ by Menonim Menonimus. Use of Dialogue in Diary of a Country Prosecutor

Books of Literary Criticism by M. Menonimus:

  1. World Short Story Criticism
  2. World Poetry Criticism
  3. World Drama Criticism
  4. World Novel Criticism
  5. World Essay Criticism
  6. Indian English Poetry Criticism
  7. Indian English Poets and Poetry Chief Features
  8. Emily Dickinson’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  9. Walt Whitman’s Poetry-A Thematic Study
  10. Critical Essays on English Poetry
  11. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: Return of the Spirit-An Analytical Study
  12. Tawfiq al-Hakim’s Novel: ‘Yawmiyyat Naib Fil Arayaf’-An Analytical Study
  13. Analytical Studies of Some Arabic Short Stories
  14. A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Pre-Islamic Period

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