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The Modern Transmutation of “Poor Lad’ s Daydream” Story---On Fitzgerald’ s Tender Is the Night
Pages: 71-75
Year: Issue:  15
Journal: Journal of Weinan Teachers College

Keyword:  FitzgeraldTender Is the Nighttransmutationpoor lad’ s daydream;
Abstract: The early 20th century American novelist Fitzgerald ’ s Tender Is the Night presents for readers a modern edition of“poor lad’s daydream” story.As the transmutation of the traditional “poor lad’s daydream story” in folktale, modern edition focu-ses on how poor lad ’ s daydream becomes disillusioned , and on the various setbacks he is confronted with , rather than how the fancy dream gets realized.What’s more, in modern edition, male’s disadvantageous position in marriage market fails to be improved as the story develops , and the masculine power and authority are not further reinforced .In addition, females in modern edition break a-way from the embarrassing position of “the second sex” and “the other”.They take more initiative and independence , and gain more and more power in the relationship between two sexes , instead of being passive , fragile and always needing male ’ s protection as showed in traditional folktales.In the end, the old folktale displays male’s victory, while modern edition expresses male’s anxie-ty.The reason why ancient “poor lad’s daydream” story transforms in modern narration is that female ’s social status has been im-proved, social gender has been reconstructed , marriage concepts has developed because of the social change , and male writers be-come confused and anxious due to the change of male-female relationship and the change of gender roles .
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