Patterns of Thematic Progression in C. Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

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10/2/2015 8:19 AM

Patterns of Thematic Progression in C. Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities


 
Ahmed Qadoury Abed / Al-Mustansiriyah university - Faculty of Arts - Department of Translation


Abstract


The present study is an analysis of text development to 16 chapters (138 pages) of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. This is done by identifying the patterns of thematic progression. Danes' model is selected and modified, i.e. four patterns are found: simple linear, constant, splitting, and derived hyperthem; and three other patterns are proposed by the researcher himself, namely, linear-constant, constant –linear, and elliptic. It is found that these patterns are used relatively different, with over use of constant and elliptic progressions. This is due to the focus on repetition as a stylistic device. Identical rewording (with co-referentiality and word-class changes), synonymy, and possessive relationships are found the more usable connecting relationships between themes, or themes and rhythms.



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