Jurnal KATA : Penelitian tentang Ilmu Bahasa dan Sastra
Vol 3, No 1 (2019): Jurnal Kata : Penelitian tentang Ilmu Bahasa dan Sastra

Life and Death in Andersen's "Grandmother": A Systemic Functional Grammar Analysis

Dwijatmoko, Benedictus Bherman ( Sanata Dharma University)

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Publish Date
28 May 2019


Hans Christian Andersen's "Grandmother" is a well-written short story about life and death. The analysis of the story using Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) reveals the meaning and ideology which the writer expresses through the work. In the ideational metafunction, the story uses the material and relational processes the most. The use of the two processes presents the grandmother and her character vividly and clearly. In the interpersonal metafunction, the sentences mostly use grandmother, she, and other objects related to her as the subject. The use shows how meaningful the grandmother to her granddaugher, the narrator, is. Furthermore, the change of the tense also indicates the significant transformation of the grandmother. Finally, in the textual metafunction, though low, the use of marked themes emphasizes the life phases of the grandmother. The analysis of the text using SFG reveals the centrality of life and death in the story. The analysis of the ideational, interpersonal, and textual metafunctions of the text reveals well the meaning and ideology which the story conveys. Death is only a transform of a life to another life.

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JURNAL KATA : Penelitian tentang ilmu bahasa dan sastra, by ISSN 2502-0706 (Online) Research on linguistics, literature and art. Is a scientific journal that publishes the results of research and thinking in two languages, namely: Indonesian and English. KATA is published twice a year in May and ...