A Critical Discourse Analysis of Gender Identity in "The Grate Gatsby" selected texts

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Wisam Abbas Hayal Al Graawi, Asst.prof. khalida Hashoosh Addai Al Ghezzey


This article is extracted from an MA thesis entitled (Alternative Identities in Scott Fitzgerald's Novel the Great Gatsby: A Critical Discourse Analysis) the current study analyzes the gender identity in Fitzgerald's Novel. The goal of this article has been to show the way wherein Gender is present in the arrangement and subverting of identity underway of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have endeavored to exhibit that the anxiety experienced by Fitzgerald's heroes is the consequence of a submissive longing to adjust to social assumptions that arrange way of life as subject to a masculinity dependent on friendly and familial associations, acquired abundance and the specialist quest for "the golden girl " who is the epitome of these qualities and desires. In any case, through this article Fitzgerald's heroes (prominently for the motivations behind this article Jay Gatsby and Dick Diver) play out a demonstration of self-betrayal. They penance their individuated selves and their potential for greatness in pursuit for the social markers of achievement in 1920s America.

The study investigates the major gender identity mentioned in the novel and which one has more control among other characters, and the study shows how the gender identity presented through the novel from CDA perspective.

The study adopts an eclectic model for data analysis, they are chosen from Halliday and Hasan (1976) model of cohesive devices linguistic side, Fairclough’s (1995) Three-Dimensional approach and Farshidvard (1986) Model of stylistic analysis. To achieve its goals the study analyzes the data qualitatively with different strategies taken from those standards.     

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