The Only Way to Manage these Tailors is to be Firm: A Marxist Reading of “The Frill”

By Seng Tong Chong, Gwynedd Nora Owen, Mariam Mohamed Nor and Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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A Marxist reading of “The Frill” revealed the underlying competition for economic and social advantage between characters of different classes. In this case, between Mrs. Lowe, the postmaster’s wife and a native tailor. It unveiled the exploitations of one class over another and portrayed the effects of these struggles between classes to the characters themselves. Key concepts discussed are economic determinism and classism focusing on alienation, commodification, reification and hegemony of repressive ideology. Effects of the capitalist economy are ingeniously displayed through the otherwise seemingly trivial everyday scene of one person requesting another to make him or her for something for a certain cost.

Keywords: Marxism, Modern Literature, Pearl S. Buck, Criticism

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.179-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.500KB).

Seng Tong Chong

Researcher and Lecturer, Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Chong Seng Tong teaches at the Institute of Liberal Studies, UNITEN. His research interests include literary linguistics, cognitive linguistics and post 1830 literature.

Gwynedd Nora Owen

Researcher and Lecturer, Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Gwynedd Nora Owen teaches at UNITEN. Her area of specialization is cognitive linguistics, discourse studies and literature.

Mariam Mohamed Nor

Researcher and Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mariam Mohamed Nor is Associate Professor at the Institute of Liberal Studies, UNITEN. Her research interests include TESL, research methodology and applied linguistics.

Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi

Researcher/Dean, Institute of Liberal Studies, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi is currently Dean, Institute of Liberal Studies, University Tenaga Nasional.

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