Identity is a presupposed notion of individual qualities or beliefs that are inherent in one's character. However, through the application of Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogism and discourse, this thesis argues that the representations of identity found in Antigone, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth are born out of experience with society rather than something innate. Following the trail of discourse, the female protagonist in each text develops a discourse that each character remains loyal to even in the face of social adversity. While their suicides may appear to end their dialogue with society, the ethical meaning of their deaths and its reflection on their discourse shapes the future outlook of the remaining characters in each text. Moreover, by choosing death for their female protagonist, each author enters into an inferred dialogue with their audience that highlights a moral value that resonates with readers because each text is reflective of its contemporary social hierarchy and customs.
English & Comparative Literature Department
MA in English & Comparative Literature
Library of Congress Subject Heading 1
Feminism and literature -- History and criticism.
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Women and literature -- History and criticism.
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(2012).Discourse and identity in Antigone, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Kadry, Ahmed Tarek. Discourse and identity in Antigone, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth. 2012. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.