IJLLL 2017 Vol.3(4): 219-225 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2017.3.4.136

An Interpretation of the Symbolism in The House on Mango Street in Terms of Ideational Function

Liu Liu and Yu Sun
Abstract—The House on Mango Street, a novel written by the female Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros in 1984, is a representative work of the Chicana Literature. The paper analyzes from the perspective of ideational function within the systemic functional linguistics, aiming to find out how the author uses these main symbolic forms in the novel to manifest the attribution and identification of the dual identity of Esperanza, a Chicana. Corpus related to these symbolic forms is collected according to the transitivity theory. Then, these linguistic evidence is analyzed with the theory of relational process, and the symbolic meanings of those symbolic forms are also combined in this process, thus revealing Esperanza’s dual identity. At last, the functions of the symbolism in achieving the attribution and identification of Esperanza’s dual identity are demonstrated and verified

Index Terms—Chicana, relational process, symbolism, The House on Mango Street, transitivity theory.

Liu Liu and Yu Sun are with School of Foreign Languages, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, PR China (Yu Sun is a corresponding author; e-mail: liuliuastrid@163.com, sunyu@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite:Liu Liu and Yu Sun, "An Interpretation of the Symbolism in The House on Mango Street in Terms of Ideational Function," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 219-225, 2017.

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