The Relationship Between Language and Culture —— in the Perspective of Chinese and English Idioms

In: English and Literature

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Zhang Lanlan

June, 2007
Xiaogan University


As the sutra of the Christianity, the Bible has a great influence on both English and American literature and offers an eternal theme of their literary creation .English and American writers use stories of the Bible by three main methods. First, they quote person's names or stories of the Bible as the characters' names or plots of the creations from the Bible directly. Sometimes they make some changes on the original stories. Sometimes they quote stories directly from the Bible as the writing materials. Second, they make use of symbolic meaning of the Bible by some technical such as simile, metaphor and symbolism, so that the stories could exert a great influence on contrasting with the new products. Third, they merge the plots of the Bible to give connotative efforts to the readers. Exploring the methods helps us know the western culture and consciousness, have a good appreciation and study for the English-American literature.

key words: English-American literature ; the Bible; methods




2. The Bible's Influence on English-American literature
2.1 Quoting the Bible directly………………………………….………………2
2.2 Using the symbolic meaning of the Bible…………………..……………....3 2.3 Merging the plots of the Bible………………………………………….…..5
3. The reasons of the Bible’s influence on English-American literature………....7
4. Conclusion…...

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