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研究生(外文):Ta-ting Chiu
論文名稱(外文):The Use of Irony in Relation to the Main Themes in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather
指導教授(外文):Pen-shui Liao
外文關鍵詞:GodfatherMafiaironyomertadistorted justicemisused power
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This thesis intends to explore the ironic significance in relation to the main themes in The Godfather, which is one of the most popular novels in history. It details the story of a fictitious Sicilian Mafia family settled in the U.S.A. and headed by Don Vito Corleone, who later becomes synonymous with the Italian Mafia. In this novel the author describes the life of Vito Corleone who, though a ruthless Mafia chief, is admired by his friends. It discloses not only crimes of the Mafia, but also distorts justice and misused power in American society. The main themes in the novel are discussed with the ideas of verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. There are six chapters in this thesis. Chapter One is an introduction, which consists of the background information and other essential ideas in The Godfather. Chapter Two interprets elements of irony in the novel. Here we will focus on three kinds: verbal, situational and dramatic irony. The main target is to help readers know more about irony and its significance related to the novel. Chapter Three aims to investigate the irony of the Mafia development, which consists of ironic ideas of the historic development of the Mafia in Sicily, the damage the Mafia does after it comes to the U.S.A, and omerta–the law of silence. Chapter Four deals with the irony of the Corleone family. In this chapter the destiny of the Corleones will be discussed in relation to the irony in their lives. Chapter Five discusses ironic application of power and justice. Chapter Six concludes the ideas presented in the thesis.
Chapter One Introduction.................................1 Chapter Two Elements of Irony in The Godfather...........12 Chapter Three The Ironic Significance of the Mafia Development..............................................34 Chapter Four The Irony of the Corleone Family............51 Chapter Five Ironic Application of Power and Justice.....83 Chapter Six Conclusion...................................98 Works Cited..............................................108
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