Melvin's Mind Style: A Corpus Stylistic Analysis of As Good as It Gets by Eman Adil Jaafar
This study primarily attempts at examining the mind style of the leading character in the 1997 film As Good as ItThis study primarily attempts at examining the mind style of the leading character in the 1997 film As Good as It Gets performed by Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a novelist who is characterized as a misanthrope, and suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The main aim of this paper is to examine the mind-modeling of the character's mind for his unique odd mind style. This can be achieved by applying both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The adopted methodology is based basically on McIntyre and Archer (2010) and McIntyre (2015); it shares some of the perspectives that require using Wmatrix (Rayson, 2008) to perform the quantitative analysis in order to validate the qualitative data. However, this study does not aim to measure consistency. This paper aims at: first, verifying the usefulness of one of the corpus tools in understanding the deviant mind of the character. Second, analyzing key semantic domains of the speech of the main character as well as the keywords used by him. In addition to that, the researcher tries to benefit from cognitive linguistics schema theory in understanding the odd mind style of the character.
Keywords: corpus stylistics, cognitive poetics, film discourse, key semantic domains, mind style, schema theory