A Critical Discourse Analysis on the Variations of Language Used by Tomboy Characters in Pakistani Dramas

  • Jaweria Ashraf
  • Lubna Zahid
  • Shakeel Amjad
Keywords: critical discourse analysis, gender stereotypes, tomboy characters, language variations, Pakistani dramas

Abstract

The current study examined the language variations of tomboys' characters in Pakistani dramas to identify the representation of tomboys and the factors that affect their characters by discussing linguistic methods, behaviors of society, stereotypical thinking of society and the role of patriarchy in it. The theoretical underpinning for the current investigation was based on Fairclough's (1989) three-dimensional model for Critical Discourse Analysis. The study employed qualitative research method to investigate the research questions. The data was collected by using a simple random sampling design to collect episodes from two different Pakistani dramas. The tomboys’ characters’ chosen dialogues and the language elements used were divided into three categories based on subjects in the selected episodes. The data was analysed by using the CDA model.  leading to conclusions on the role of patriarchy and societal norms in shaping the representation of tomboys in Pakistani dramas. The results of the study showed the negative attitudes of society toward tomboys’ characters. They were often excluded from social groups and activities; discriminated and viewed as less feminine competent. It was concluded that tomboys’ characters could serve as role models for girls who might not conform to traditional gender expectations.

Author Biographies

Jaweria Ashraf

BS English Scholar
Institute of English Studies
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan

Lubna Zahid

Visiting faculty
Institute of English Studies
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan

Shakeel Amjad

Assistant Professor
Institute of English Studies
University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan

Published
2023-12-04
Section
Articles