AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number4. October   2020                                Pp. 225- 237

The Icons in the Story of Al-Zill Al-Ari [The Naked Shadow] A Semiotic Study

Abdulhameed Saif Alhusami

Arabic Department
King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Abdullah A. Hizabr Alhusami

English Department
Najran University, Saudi Arabia  


This paper aims to present a semiotic reading of the Icon in the story of Al-Zill Al-Ari [The Naked Shadow] by the Yemeni short story writer and novelist Mohammed Al-Gharbi Imran. This paper is grounded in the critical semiotic approach to seeks to reveal the meaning of the Icons represented in the story by tracing the process of signification and the dynamics of importance within the story discourse. The study explores the implications of the Icons to produce general significance and to embody them in the context of the story discourse where its elements intermingle to reveal close and far meanings. The story of Al-Zill Al-Ari revolves around the character Alwan, who strives for a better life for himself. Still, he faces several obstacles that prevented him from fulfilling his aspirations.The story has an implicit criticism of the situation in Yemen. The writer implicitly criticizes the economic, social, and political life in Yemen. The study aims to highlight the importance of the Icon and the semiotic analysis of the literary texts.

Cite as:

Alhusami, A. S., &  Alhusami, M. A. A. H. (2020). The Icons in the Story of Al-Zill Al-Ari [The Naked Shadow] A Semiotic Study. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (4) 225- 237.


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Prof. Abdulhameed Saif Alhusami
Prof. Abdulhameed Saif Alhusami is a Yemeni writer and critic in Arabic literature. Currently, He
works at the King Khaled University, KSA as full professor of modern Arabic literature and
criticism. He has been teaching at the College of Humanities, King Khaled University since 2008.
He earned his PhD in literature form University of Mosul, Iraq, in 2003. He wrote many books
and received several literary awards.

Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Abduldaim Hizabr Alhusami
Mohammed Abdullah Abduldaim Hizabr Alhusami, a Yemeni national, works at Najran
University, KSA, as an assistance professor of English literature. He has been teaching at the
College of Science & Arts, Sharurah, Najran University since 2012. He earned his PhD in
comparative literature form University of Hyderabad, Indi, in 2011.
ID ORCI: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3472-8481