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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2023, 5(12); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2023.051214.

Analysis of the Conversational Meaning of The Great Gatsby in Terms of the Principles of Cooperation


Keying Lei

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Keying Lei

Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui, 230000, China


The Great Gatsby, as Fitzgerald's masterpiece, is a striking depiction of the American landscape with unique artistic techniques and a contemplation of the traditional theme of the "American dream". Being an excellent work of literature, it has been the subject of many studies by scholars from different perspectives. The application of pragmatic theory to the study of literary works was proposed by some linguists in the 1970s. Since then, pragmatic theories have been increasingly applied to the analysis of literary works. Nowadays, the principle of cooperation has become one of the most important principles in discourse analysis. In this paper, the dialogue of the characters in The Great Gatsby will be selected and studied using the four maxims of Cooperative Principle, namely, quality, quantity, relation, manner as a theoretical framework to unveil the hidden meanings in the characters' discourses, in order to deepen the understanding of the characters in the novel.


The Great Gatsby; conversational meaning; principle of cooperation; the maxim of quality; the maxim of quantity; the maxim of relation; the maxim of manner

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Keying Lei. Analysis of the Conversational Meaning of The Great Gatsby in Terms of the Principles of Cooperation. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 12: 79-82. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2023.051214.


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