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3 Job’s Speeches in His New Chronotope

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In this chapter, the discussion centers on Job's speeches to show how Job reveals his identity as a man through his recontextualization of his suffering and his friends' speeches in this new chronotope. Job uses spatial words, or at least words that give a sense of his location, such as "my womb" and "womb", "knees", "breasts", "there", and "grave". Job's body plays a unique role for Job in understanding himself and his relationship to others. Job treats his friends as enemies because of the breakdown in language. The disparity in their language severs their relationship. According to his speech, for Job, this hopeless place is a place where he goes round and round without purpose or reason. As for Job, he perceives his place as a very hopeless place from which there is no escape.

Keywords: chronotope; death; hopeless place; Job's speech; spatial language



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