A Lexical Analysis of Words Signifying Happiness in Dickens' Novel Oliver Twist


  • Zainab Hussein Alwan Department of Religious Tourism- College of Tourist Sciences Karbala University Karbala, Iraq




Being a transient state, happiness extends from the highest degree of pleasure to the lowest one. It differs from one person to another. Lexically, happiness can be fulfilled by using certain words that are used to describe this feeling. The existing study tries tofind answers for the subsequent queries:

  1. What are the most common words uttered to express happiness in Dickens' novel Oliver Twist?
  2. Is there a distinction between happiness and other negative feelings in the texts above?
  3. Do they all have the same indications of happiness?

     This paper aims at:

  1. Examining the semantic aspects of words denoting happiness in Dickens' novel Oliver Twist.
  2. Identifying the correlation between happiness and other negative feelings in the text above.

3.Investigating the implied meaning of that words used in this particular novel.  



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