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Article http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.10.033

Ethical Identity Construction in A Father’s Law from the Perspective of Dual Narrative Progression Strategy

Zhuo Li*, Shuqiu Lu

School of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

*Corresponding author: Zhuo Li

Published: November 27,2023

Abstract

The exploration of identity is one of the major themes in Richard Wright's works. Focused on the ethical tragedy of Ruddy and Tom, A Father's Law, the latest work of Richard Wright, not only continues its exploration of this theme but also reflects the challenges of constructing black identity in the modern era. From the perspective of the Dual Narrative Progression Strategy, this paper focuses on Tommy's ethical dilemma in the overt plot of the story and the implicit narrative undercurrent underlying its development. The underlying narrative explores Tommy's compromised ethical identity as an African American and reveals that Tommy, driven by an uncontrollable rational will, attempts to eradicate his "whiteness" and embrace his "blackness" through acts of homicide. Composed, Tommy confesses and resorts to the authority of media discourse, accusing the legacy of racism. This act reconstructs his ethical identity. With Tommy's ethical tragedy, Wright reveals the problematic situation of cultural loss and identity crisis faced by African Americans, presenting a cautionary tale and urging readers to address these urgent issues.

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How to cite this paper

Ethical Identity Construction in A Father’s Law from the Perspective of Dual Narrative Progression Strategy

How to cite this paper: Zhuo Li, Shuqiu Lu. (2023) Ethical Identity Construction in A Father’s Law from the Perspective of Dual Narrative Progression StrategyJournal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science7(10), 2091-2097.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.10.033