林赛的自我身份追寻之路 The Road of Self-identity Pursuit of Lindsey毕业论文
Famous for shaping the images of urban women, Sarah Pekkanen is able to truly describe the confusion and struggles of the urban females in the contemporary society. In the novel “The Opposite of Me”, Pekkanen describes Lindsey’s self-conflict and self-growth in family, workplace and love with easy and exquisite words and bright and simple rhythm. This paper explores the loss and pursuit of Lindsey’s self-identity, consisting of the loss of family attachment, self-satisfaction in career and security in love affairs as well as the process and results of Lindsey’s self-identity reconstruction after recognizing the self and accepting the self. The study of Lindsey’s self-identity will not only contribute to the better understanding of the theme and female images in Pekkanen’s series, but also help contemporary women locate themselves properly in family, marriage and career, effectively solving their uneasiness and confusion as the weak side relative to men.
Key Words： The Opposite of Me; self-identity; loss; reconstruction
1 Introduction 1
1.1 The author and her works 1
1.2 Literature review 2
2 Lindsey’s Loss of Self-identity 4
2.1 Lindsey’s loss of attachment to family 4
2.2 Lindsey’s loss of self-satisfaction in career 6
2.3 Lindsey’s loss of security in love affairs 7
3 Lindsey’s Reconstruction of Self-identity 9
3.1 Lindsey’s recovery of family attachment 9
3.2 Lindsey’s realization of self-value in career 11
3.3 Lindsey’s reconsideration of true love 12
4 Conclusion 14
The Road of Self-identity
Pursuit of Lindsey
1.1 The author and her works
Sarah Pekkanen is considered as one of the most popular female writers with her easy and powerful writing as well as a clear-cut rhythm. Known as urban female mind-healing tutor, she can, on most occasions, describe the true disposition in the warmest way. Sarah created her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, when she was 10 years old. During her elementary school, Sarah’s organizational skills had been improved slightly. After college, she worked as a journalist and a correspondent afterwards, both of which are related to writing. Having left her journalism job, Sarah started writing a column for Bethesda Magazine and then began to be occupied in novels.
In most of her famous novels, Sarah Pekkanen has been discussing how women pursue happiness in the cites where they work hard. And the contents are closely linked with such popular vocabularies as “girlfriend”, “inferiority”, “depression”, “derailment”, “happiness” and other words in contemporary society. Exposed to unprecedented life stress, modern urban women in her novels experience psychological anxiety, eager for a warm embrace but failing in vain. Ultimately, these women realize that to be truly happy, they could only learn to love themselves, abandon the self-centered concept, and know how to cherish what they have already possessed. Furthermore, they accept the fact that all the uneasiness is nothing, and all people should live under the same rule that “They are the ordinary struggling for their dream”, which is stated in These Girls (Pekkanen, 2013: 5). As for her writing style, Sarah Pekkanen is expert in utilizing language flexibly, in particular, expressing ideas with easy and exquisite words.
So far, Sarah Pekkanen has already produced about 19 books altogether and now is the internationally-bestselling author of the novels The Opposite of Me (2010), Skipping A Beat (2011) and These Girls (2012). The Opposite of Me is her most prominent masterpiece in shaping urban female figures. This novel tells a story of Lindsey’s breaking into a butterfly. In this delicate and realistic story, readers can see the young urban woman’s torment and entanglement, expectation and loss in the United States.