Sign Found in Movie the Hitman's Bodyguard


This research tried to analyze and discuss about kinds and functions of sign found in movie “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. This research used some theories to support the research, the theories were taken from the books entitled “Semiotic For Beginners” written by Daniel Chandler and Introducing English Semantic by Charles W. Kreidler (1998). The data were taken from American movie entitled “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The data were collected by observation method. Signs can also be found in the movie and they appear in various kinds with different meanings. Based on the result of the analysis, in the movie “The Hitman’s Bodyguard, there were some signs found, and they can be classified into three: Icon, Index, and Symbol. Icon is the likeness of a sign and its signified. The index is a sign that is closely associated with the signified, while the symbol is the only traditional link between the sign and its signified. Ideational meta function, interpersonal meta function, and textual meta function were also three essential meta-functions. The Ideational Meta function is to represent an aspect of the experiential world outside of its system of signs in a referential or pseudo-referential sense. The Interpersonal Meta function is used to project the relationships between a sign’s producer and receiver or reproducer. The Textual Meta function is to create texts, which are sign complexes that are coherent both internally and within the context in which they were created.

Keywords: semiotics, sign, movie the Hitman’s Bodyguard

[1] Chandler D. Semiotic for beginners. 1994. Glossary of Key Terms.http://visualmemory.

[2] Sri CTDC. A semiotic analysis on signs used on five Indonesian movie poster. Thesis, Jember University; 2011.

[3] Darlianti D, Mahmud M. An analysis of semiotic signs in romance movie posters. Research in English and Education Journal 5(4) 139-153; 2020.

[4] Eco U. A theory of semiotics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; 1976.

[5] Hawan MR. An analysis of semiotic signs found in movie poster of Pirates of the Caribbean. Thesis, University of Sumatera Utara; 2018.

[6] Seniotics. Available from:

[7] Lanir L. Charles Sanders Peirce: Symbolic, Iconic, and Indexical Signs. Available from: Https:// indexical-signs-, & 29e0e40bef1d. Jul, 3 2019

[8] Kreidler C. Introducing english semantics. London: Routledge; 1998.

[9] Saeed, IJ. Semantics. Malden: Blackwell Publisher Inc.; 1997.

[10] de Saussure F. Course in general linguistics. London: Duckworth; 1983.