Lexical Patterns of Free Indirect Discourse in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love


  • Gökçenaz Gayret Giresun Üniversitesi


This study explores D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love in terms of lexical patterns of free indirect discourse. In an attempt to investigate how lexical patterns attribute to free indirect discourse in the narrative, related features are categorized into six subcategories consisting of clause-initial adjuncts, interjections, sentence modifiers, epistemic lexemes, intensifiers, and foreign lexemes. The study argues that the author’s use of free indirect discourse helps to reverberate the characters’ process of self-awareness, stirred yet submerged desires, multitudinous thoughts, inarticulate and repressed instinct, self-assessment, and sudden burst of feelings. Moreover, the study shows how the author exploits free indirect discourse to represent spontaneous consciousness, reveals the character’s inner self; contributes to polyvocality; makes the character’s subjective voice heard; invokes irony and creates a sense of detachment as well as arousing empathy in Women in Love.


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