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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(4); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050405.

Significant Family Space in the Fifth Child


Tian Tian

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Tian Tian

School of Foreign Language, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang, Guizhou, 550000, China


The masterpiece-----the fifth child produced by Doris Lessing is of great characteristics. The family spatial descriptions are the most prominent feature encompassing the big house with the Victorian garden, the kitchen, the spacious bedroom as well as the four rooms provided for the children. It can be seen that almost the activities of the characters are conducted in the capacious house. According to the space theory, space is the social product, the producing materials and the political instruments. It can be produced and consumed as well as permeated with all kinds of ideologies. The thesis focuses on the spatial delineations and combine the space theory to research its specific significance on the marital relationships and family members behind the static building which is closely related with power and oppression, embodying in the way that the family space exerts a potential effect on the patriarchal control over the female characters and the fetters on the children. 


Family space; Significance; The fifth child; Power and oppression

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Tian Tian. Significant Family Space in the Fifth Child. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 4: 28-31.https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050405.


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