Sunday, March 10, 2019
What Impressions of the Characters Relationship Are Conveyed?
What impressions of the characters relationship are conveyed by the expression they practise, and the fundamental interaction amidst them? In this text, the opening scene of Ibsens Dolls House, the colloquy between Helmer and Nora shows who acts as a much authoritative figure through imperatives, shop at lexis and explanative language. This is to show the relationship between the married couple regarding terms of how they foretell each other. I will also consider gender theories such as Debora Tennens gender theory of politeness and Zimmerman and Wests suggesting men are more dominating in conversation.The purpose of the text, A Dolls House, is to reveal information about the relationship between Nora and Helmer through the interactions of their conversation and their lexis. Nora speaks in a polite manor, just this minute which could be see through Trudgills gender theory suggesting women use precise orthoepy to aim to be viewed at a higher class. The adjective, just could mention Nora will act quickly in order to respond to her economize because he has a higher status and power over herself.However, her married mans language is very different, been wasting money again? this rhetorical question implies a threatening and dominant tone. This could be interpreted by kZimmerman and Wests gender theory which suggests men act more dominant in conversation in order to gain and keep power. The terms of manoeuver the couple use change in relation to the conversation topic. Nora addresses her husband by his second name, As you please, Torvald which could imply their relationship is formal and she has runty authority as he holds all the power.This could be interpreted by Debora Tennen who states that women use terms of address and politeness to form bonds. However, Helmer addresses Nora in both different approaches whilst they are having a general conversation Nora is referred to as his possession, My forgetful skylark the adjective little implying she is belittled as she has no authority. Also, the use of the pronoun, my implies Nora belongs to Helmer and she has control over her hence the metaphor for her name.However, when Nora misbehaves she is addressed with her name, Nora, Nora Just alike(p) a woman his use of explanative language portrays his loss of patience with her however also he is telling her off like Nora is a electric razor in a patronising manor. The repetition of Nora implies she has done wrong and he dismisses her to get her to behave like a father would to a child. This could be interpreted by Grices maxims of quantity as he speaks more than Nora implying he has a higher level of authority and power.