Shafak’s Treatment of Divinity and Religion in Three Daughters of Eve: A Critical Perspective

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Hafiz Ahmad Bilal et al.


The current study is an attempt to analyze the portrayal and treatment of religious ideology and theme of divinity in Elif Shafak’s ‘Three Daughters of Eve’ from the perspective of Fairclough’s model (1989) of critical discourse analysis. The study hypothesized that the narrator’s linguistic choices and embedded voices of different characters in the novel, represent their ideologies, beliefs and disbeliefs about religion and God. Passages bearing religious ideologies and standpoints were purposefully selected and analyzed to reveal the voice of different characters of the novel. The selected passages were analyzed on the three levels i.e. description (text analysis), interpretation (processing analysis) and explanation (social analysis). The study contributes to strengthen the interface between language and literature through critical discourse analysis of the selected novel.

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