The Analysis of Amish’s Purity Symbol in “Plain Truth” Novel by Jody Picoult


  • A. Ilah Nurul Falah Departement of Public Administration, Universitas Muhammadiyah Sinjai, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Yahya Department of Communication Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim Department of Public Administration Science, Universitas Pejuang Republik Indonesia, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Ria Reski Agustiani Department of English Literature, Universitas Negeri Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Amish, novel, Purity, Symbol, Semiotic


The research aims to aanalysis of Amish’s ppurity ssymbols in “Plain Truth” Novel by Jody Picoult. This research used descriptive qualitative method and semiotic approach in analyzing purity symbol. This research used Pierce’s theory and combine with Kennedy’s symbol theory. The instrument of the research is using note taking from the novel. The results of this research prove that there are three different types of symbols in novel Plain Truth,  such as: Character, Object and, Action, while symbol of purity  portray such as: Character explain who commit the purity, like Aaron Fisher, Object explained the purity of the object like beard man, Amish woman outfits, and buggy and horses.


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Falah, A. I. N., Yahya, M., Ibrahim, I., & Reski Agustiani, R. (2024). The Analysis of Amish’s Purity Symbol in “Plain Truth” Novel by Jody Picoult. Journal Corner of Education, Linguistics, and Literature, 3(3), 277–288.