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Frontiers in Art Research, 2023, 5(1); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2023.050114.

An analysis of character identity in pride and prejudice from the perspective of conversation analysis


Changlong Li1, Tongjun Guo2, Yan Shi3

Corresponding Author:
Tongjun Guo

1Sichuan University of Media and Communications, Chengdu, China

2Communication University of China, Beijing, China

3Communication University of China, Beijing, China


The novel Pride and Prejudice --written by Jane Austen, successfully portrayed the image of women of the rural middle class in The British society at that time, and reflected the various social conditions of that time by describing the daily communication between gentlemen and ladies.This paper aims to understand the female characters in Pride and Prejudice by Conversation analysis theory ,from which a whole new perspective of understanding,helping reader with comprehension of the character in the novel so that improve the appreciation of literary works.The author selects Miss Bingley inviting Darcy and Elizabeth to walk around the room in the novel Pride and Prejudice,uses qualitative analysis to explore the relationship between the two characters and their identity construction process from the aspects of overall structure organization, turn sequence organization, turn taking, turn distribution and length, turn design and vocabulary selection.It is found in the study that Miss Bingley and Elizabeth have different feelings for the hero Darcy, but they have completely different ways of communication because of the different classes of the two female characters.


pride and prejudice; conversational analysis; role relationship; identity construction

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Changlong Li, Tongjun Guo, Yan Shi. An analysis of character identity in pride and prejudice from the perspective of conversation analysis. Frontiers in Art Research (2023) Vol. 5, Issue 1: 71-77. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2023.050114.


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