Comparative Analysis of Past and Present Generation Discourse Patterns: Progression vs. Regression

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Muhammad Sabboor Hussain
Ayesha Idrees
Madiha Saeed

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This research paper aims to explore the progression and regression of past and present generations as reflected in their discourse by critically analyzing and evaluating the one-act play, The boy comes home by A.A. Milne chosen for its thematic relevance with the area under study. The framework of analysis used is the three-dimensional (3-D) theoretical model by Fairclough. It scrutinizes the text and interprets it at micro and macro levels to explore discourse patterns that manifest the progression and regression of two different generations. The study of discourse patterns reveals the rift between values of old and new generations. Both hold good in their relevant context, but problems arise when they come in contact each other. However, the study leads to the conclusion that societal and familial harmony can be achieved only by showing respect towards the values of each generation. The study has broader implications from a socio-cultural and anthropological perspective for the people from two generations in interaction with each other.

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