Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 6(3), pp. 107 - 112
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060301
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The Crisis and Construction of Identity in Joyce Carol Oates's Novel The Tattooed Girl


Wang Jing *
School of Foreign Languages, Soochow University, Jiangsu, China

ABSTRACT

In The Tattooed Girl, Joyce Carol Oates focuses mainly on the issue of identity, portraying the individual identity crisis and dramatizing racial and class conflicts between the privileged Jews and "white trash", a marginalized white group. This paper will study the issue of crisis and construction of identity in this novel from the following aspects: how the characters struggle with the identity crisis, in what ways they attempt to invent their own identity respectively and whether their attempts succeed. By analyzing the tragic ending of the novel, this thesis will discuss how the recurring theme in Oates's works that whether it is possible to escape one's destiny, manifests in this particular novel.

KEYWORDS
Identity, Crisis, Construction, The Tattooed Girl, Joyce Carol Oates

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Wang Jing . "The Crisis and Construction of Identity in Joyce Carol Oates's Novel The Tattooed Girl." Linguistics and Literature Studies 6.3 (2018) 107 - 112. doi: 10.13189/lls.2018.060301.