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Mahdi Javidshad

Mahdi Javidshad

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ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1901-1458
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 57223873393
Address: Arak University


A Study of the Lack of Communication in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie Through Conversation Analysis and Politeness Theory
Face work - Face Threatening Act (FTA) - Positive face- Negative face - Turn Taking - Dramatic discourse.
Researchers َAlaa Rahim Farhan(Student)، Seyed Mohammad Hosseini(PrimaryAdvisor)، Mahdi Javidshad(Advisor)


This thesis investigates the lack of communication in Tennessee Williams's renowned play, The Glass Menagerie, utilizing Conversation Analysis and Politeness Theory as analytical frameworks. The main objective is to uncover the underlying reasons and consequences of the characters' communication difficulties within the play. By analyzing the dialogue and interactions among the characters, our findings reveal several key insights. Firstly, we observe a pervasive pattern of avoidance, hesitation, and indirectness in communication, resulting in a breakdown of meaningful exchanges. This lack of directness stems from various factors, including social constraints, personal insecurities, and emotional barriers. Moreover, our analysis highlights the impact of power dynamics on communication within the play. Dominance and subordination dynamics between characters contribute to a silencing effect, where certain individuals struggle to express themselves freely. This power imbalance further exacerbates the communication gaps and hampers the resolution of conflicts. Furthermore, Politeness Theory illuminates how the characters employ various politeness strategies to mitigate potential face-threatening acts and maintain social harmony. However, these strategies often hinder authentic communication, leading to misunderstandings and emotional tensions. Overall, the thesis underscores the significance of effective communication for building and sustaining relationships. It sheds light on the consequences of the lack of communication in The Glass Menagerie, emphasizing the emotional toll it takes on the characters and their inability to connect on a deeper level. This thesis offers valuable insights into the complex dynamics of communication, emphasizing the need for open, direct, and empathetic interactions in interpersonal relationships. By employing Conversation Analysis and Politeness Theory, this study contributes to a better understanding of communication challenges in literary works and provides a foundation for future research in this field. It is hoped that the findings of this study will encourage readers to reflect on the importance of effective communication in their own lives and relationships.