‘PLACE’ IN CONTEXT: A MULTIFACETED PERSPECTIVE IN THEODORE DREISER’S THE FINANCIER (TRILOGY OF DESIRE)
The aim of this research is to trace the variety of meanings connected to ‘place’ in Theodore Dreiser’s The Financier (Trilogy of Desire). This research is an attempt to highlight the variety of stylistic richness with special reference to lexeme, semantics and pragmatics. Semantics and pragmatics deal with lexical meaning and contextual meaning, both are opposite in nature. The word ‘space’ is identified in the text and analysed thoroughly in the context for multidimensional approach. This research employed a descriptive qualitative method as it emphasized on describing the meaning aspects of lexeme and the findings were presented in textual description. However, number was also used to support data analysis as the researcher has identified, analysed and interpret by using lexical and contextual meaning theory of Josh Daniel Parera (1990). The results contribute the lexical and contextual meaning of space which make a measurable contribution in the field of American literature. There is also room for the future researchers to conduct research in the field of semantics and expand the analysis of semantics to its various types in the field of linguistics.