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Crofts and Birlings
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"We are members of one body, we are responsible for each other. " There are 2 genres of which J. B Priestley has chosen to include one of which is A detective thriller and the other A morality play. A Detective Thriller There are many things expected from a detective thriller. Most stories contain the most essential things like a victim, a detective and one or many perpetrators of the crime at hand. Some of the other things that may…...
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Create Dramatic tension
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The dramatic tension Arthur Miller creates a lot of dramatic tension in the courtroom scene of Act Three. Throughout this essay I will discuss how tension is built through melodrama, anti climax, character vulnerability, motives and positioning. Focus will be on language, stage directions and effect on the audience. Initially, I would like to review the melodrama in act three and examine how it creates tension and how this impacts upon the audience. The main part of the courtroom scene is…...
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“Caledonian antisyzygy”
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'Caledonian antisyzygy' Discuss the role of the 'Caledonian antisyzygy' in MacDiarmid's depiction of the Scottish people, and consider how this relates to his metaphysical explorations in A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle. A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle is a poem firmly set in the context of the Scottish Renaissance movement, of which its author was a chief exponent. In MacDiarmid's attempt to present the Scottish people both to the world and themselves, there is a definite sense…...
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Buckingham’s plan
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In Act II, Scene II, the Duchess of York and Elizabeth mourn the death of King Edward and there is a discussion over how and when Edward, Prince of Wales, is to be brought to London to be crowned king. The plot develops little in this scene and Hastings only makes a brief appearance. In this fleeting semblance, Hastings only says 'And so say I' (2.2 line 140), with which he is agreeing to Richard's and Buckingham's plan to fetch…...
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Breathless horror
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Using frightening descriptions and language Mary Shelley creates an atmosphere of horror in chapter five by using frightening descriptions and language. Her intentions were to write a ghost story that would make the reader's blood curdle and their heart beat fast. She uses gothic by using scientific discovery. Electricity was discovered round the time when Mary was alive and she shows that it creates life. Mary starts building up the atmosphere of horror from the beginning. She sets the chapter…...
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Blanche faces Stella
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They have been discussing the loss of Belle Reve, loans, mortgages and Stanley wants all the papers that will confirm the matter. Stanley: ... - a man has to take interest in his wife's affairs - especially now that she's going to have a baby. Narrator: Blanche opens her eyes. The 'blue piano' sounds louder. Blanche: Stella? Stella going to have a baby? [Dreamily. ] I didn't know she was going to have a baby! As well as Blanche, herself,…...
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Billy and bullies him
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Mr Farthering's method of teaching was different than the other teachers he didn't stand and look down at his pupil's but 'perched side saddled on the edge of the desk' this shows that Mr Farthering wants to teach them on their level and to indicate that there isn't a difference between him and his pupils. I believe that Mr Farthering had a better response from the children this way as he didn't come across as being patronising, they listened and…...
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Beatrice’s arms
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Eddie is becoming jealous because Catherine started to give the attention to Rodolfo, not Eddie anymore. Rodolfo sings to Catherine and she seems to really like it. However, the songs lyrics are very similar to the situation in this family at the moment. The song ''Paper Doll'' which Rodolfo sings suggests the idea that Eddie loves Catherine which is not his own, also other fellows can steel her from Eddie when she goes to work. At this stage Eddie gets…...
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Cruella’s Anti Social Behaviour
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Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil is a fictional character and the primary villain in the book and film, 101 Dalmatians. Cruella is emotionally volatile, over the top eccentric and evil to the point of sociopathy. Whatever she does, she does flamboyantly, and wherever she goes she brings chaos. Her name is a play on the words cruel and devil, an allusion which is emphasized by having her country house be nicknamed "Hell Hall". She treats others as of they…...
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Young Offenders
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An examination of the phenomenon of young offenders The subject of young offenders in our troubled society has been one that has generated many hours of thought and meditation for concerned members. It is felt by many that the change needed in the area of delinquency within the First Nations culture is to overcome the effects of colonization and this must begin with the youth. It is with the youth that the future of the culture lies. There has been…...
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Ying to the Yang
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Benjamin Franklin once said “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. ” meaning at the time, an act of anger might seem justified, but in the end you will only bring shame to yourself or your loved one. In the short stories “Two kinds” by Amy Tan and “Jealous husband returns in form of parrot” by Robert Olen Butler, Relationship Conflict is the main theme. Conflicts always start with anger from both ends; in “Two kinds” Jing-mei is angry…...
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Wretched devil and begone, vile insect
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This form of playing with life and death was a very controversial issue in the 19th century, when Frankenstein was written, as it is still controversial now. Creating life unnaturally was a very new idea when Frankenstein was written, so it shows how ahead of its time the novel was. This idea would have been considered to be impossible and rarely discussed. Today on the other hand, cloning and genetic engineering is occurring more often and discussed a whole lot…...
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Wordsworth
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A study of the literary works of Wordsworth, focussing on romanticism. Wordsworth poetry derives its strength from the passion with which he views nature. Wordsworth has grown tired of the world mankind has created, and turns to nature for contentment. In his poems, Wordsworth associates freedom of emotions with natural things. Each aspect of nature holds a different meaning for Wordsworth. 'The beauty of morning; silent, bare' (5:WB*) A main source of interest for Wordsworth is the absence of an…...
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On Witi Ihimaera’s His First Ball
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His fiction’s initial purpose, ‘to establish and describe the emotional landscape of the Maori people’, suddenly seemed to him less important than describing the political and social reality, as described by the Book Council of New Zealand Writers. Witi Tame Ihimaera, short-story writer, editor, novelist, playwright, opera librettist, and anthologist, is one of those I highly regard who maintains himself with considerable talent as one of the world’s most celebrated literary figures in his time. His fearlessness in publishing artistic…...
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Why is Betty unconscious?
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Because the stage directions control the characters' body language, Miller can make them come across as confident and self-assured or tentative and hesitant. For example, Mary Warren is a very shy and intrusive character, but Abigail is a very commanding character. When she enters the stage she looks like she owns it; 'Abigail Williams, seventeen, enters- a strikingly beautiful girl, an orphan, with an endless capacity for dissembling. ' By saying she is 'strikingly beautiful', Miller has immediately brought the…...
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We Wear the Mask
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Figurative language is defined as language that communicates ideas beyond the literal meaning of words. The use of figurative language can make descriptions and unfamiliar or difficult ideas easier for the reader to understand. The most popular types of figurative language, know as figures of speech, are similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperboles. This poem also uses a symbol. It is a mask. In the poem, "We Wear the Mask," there were several occurrences of figurative language. At the very beginning…...
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Wayward Puritans Book Review
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As a sociologist, Kai T. Erikson looks at history as a reflection of changes in societal norms and expectations. Erikson re-visits his look at historical happenings of the Puritans in his novel “Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance”. By examining several “crime waves” throughout history, Erikson points out several aspects of how we see deviance. After researching Puritan lifestyle and the corresponding influences of deviance, Erikson explores the Antinomian Controversy, the Quaker Invasion, and the Witches of…...
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Walton maintains his Promethean tendencies
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Introduction Therefore critics of the text have interpreted this apparently indefinite conclusion as having no real basis for definite moral extraction. The text, more specifically, has been interpreted to end rather openly with no definite conclusion as to the struggle between Victor and the monster, no real proof of the monster's death and no clear evidence of what lessons exactly Walton was able to extract from Victor's tale. Two states of opinion The novel can be seen to end rather…...
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How viable is it to read Moll Flanders as a feminist text?
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Daniel Defoe chose to write a book with a woman as the leading character of it. In fact, he writes it from the perspective of this woman. In order to do this and make the book seem more realistic, Defoe has to get into the psyche of the female mind and therefore adopt a persona that views the world the way a woman would see it. Of course, Defoe would have to use his own opinions of a woman's thoughts…...
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Valley of Ashes
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The valley of ashes One of the settings in this passage is the “valley of ashes” that lies around half way between West egg and New York. The description of the valley is of which everything is old and it also shows the ugliness of the valley. The valley is also known as the waste land, as the people just dump their waste there. It is built and formed up by ashes; ashes are usually used to show the remains…...
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The Two Things Needful
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The head is the factory The head is the factory where linear facts are passed down brain cells to form packaged products: our loveless actions. On the contrary, the heart is the circus where non-linear performers dance and sing and clown around to ultimately win the love of the audience. But as the men of reason themselves have shown us, the heart is truly in the head, as the heart is only a pumping organ and the head has the…...
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The Tsarist Regime Since 1825
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Introduction By 1917 Russia was a vast empire made of many countries and people, ruled by an autocrat. The collapse of the Romanov dynasty and the Tsarist regime was all in time to be expected due to the incompetence and ignorance of the Tsars since 1825. Generally to succeed a political leader must have the support of the majority of the people or have a military force that must be able to overwhelm the populace. The last Romanov, Nicholas II…...
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Troilus and Cressida
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Cressida's lover is Troilus, when they unite as lovers she makes a promise to him that she will not be false to him. She says if she is false then let people use her name as a way of to call people false: Yea, let the say, to stick the heart of falsehood 'As false as Cressid' However, this promise is later broken when she is taken when she is taken into the Greek camp. Like Gertrude it does not…...
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Tricksters, an Escape From Reality
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Introduction Trickster tales, a significant part of most cultures, have permeated the legends and folklore of people since the early days of civilized man. Tricksters can be very humorous, extremely deceitful, and cultural heroes as they reveal a reader’s sub consciousness and moral biases. People catch glimmers of the trickster in characters such as the Native American Indian coyote, O’Brien from the novel 1984, the slave Grandison from “The Passing of Grandison”, and stone butch lesbian Jess Goldberg of Stone…...
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Treats Tiny Tim
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Scrooge has begun on his journey to change. The audience have seen now how Scrooge was in his past. We see how he has changed into the man we see now and we also recognise the dire need for Ebenezer to change. It is now the time of the second ghost, that of the Christmas Present. This ghost's objective is to show Scrooge what is happening at the current day because of his actions. The Spectre himself is giant, jolly…...
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Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby
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It is practical for Tom to use his wealth in order to impress Daisy, rather than more complex traits such as personality. Another example of the practical nature of Tom, including his wife, is shown in a scene after Myrtle gets hit by a car and Daisy admitted that she loved Gatsby. Nick states, "They [Tom and Daisy] weren't happy... and yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would…...
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“I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem”
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Tituba practices her calling as a conjure woman with dignity, compassion, and empathy, and her power is respected among her own people in Barbados. Tituba was aware of her power and used it when she thought necessary. But was confused that others found it to be offensive What is a witch? I noticed that when he said the word, it was marked with disapproval. Why should that be? Why? Isn't the ability to communicate with the invisible world, to keep…...
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This Be the Verse
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Larkin is often thought of as a gloomy poet, describing life and the world around him in a drab and depressing manner. ' Explore this idea in light of your reading of 'This Be the Verse'. Larkin's 'This Be the Verse' delivers a damning message to its reader that could be said to be typical of the man Larkin was. The poem describes how parents have passed on all their faults and bad habits to their children for centuries. The…...
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“Two Kinds” and “The Young Couple”
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How can a clash of cultures provoke the breakdown of a relationship? -With reference to "Two Kinds" and "The Young Couple" "Two Kinds" proves there is no relationship more complex in this world then the relationship between two women - and more importantly - between a mother and a daughter. The relationship between a young girl the guiding force in her life, her mother's expectation for her daughter to be a child prodigy. A newly married couple and their struggle…...
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The Storyteller (Saki)
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It was a hot afternoon, and the railway carriage was correspondingly sultry, and the next stop was at Templecombe, nearly an hour ahead. The occupants of the carriage were a small girl, and a smaller girl, and a small boy. An aunt belonging to the children occupied one corner seat, and the further corner seat on the opposite side was occupied by a bachelor who was a stranger to their party, but the small girls and the small boy emphatically…...
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Analysis of Speckled Band
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Look carefully at 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb. ' How does the writer create mystery and suspense in these stories? Explain how he uses language to create character and atmosphere. What does this tell about the conventions of the Victorian short story? The two stories that are referred to in this essay are, 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Engineer's Thumb', both are written by Arthur Conan Doyle and describe two of the many adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 'The…...
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The Sniper
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The author of The Sniper is very successful in using a range of literary techniques to create atmosphere and suspense. This includes the employment of many words that relate to the way the story ends. When the sniper finds that he has killed his brother, the story ends and therefore we do not witness his reaction. Instead the author uses descriptive language that creates tension and also depicts the shocking discovery the sniper makes. First description of the sniper In…...
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The perfect gentleman
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Conversely, when Pip next meets another gentleman, Herbert who he refers to as a "pale young gentleman", he is not unpleasant towards Pip. In fact, even while Pip is beating him up, Herbert does not utter any word of contempt against Pip. Here Dickens is presenting a very different view of what a gentleman should be like. When Pip first sees him, he sees him as a gentleman straight away, which shows that he would almost certainly be considered as…...
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The Pardoner’s Tale
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Introduction Of all of the tales that are told by the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, one of the most satisfying is that of the rioters related by the Pardoner. In recounting the exemplum of three young sinners out to destroy Death, the author uses many different elements to draw in his audience. The mysterious atmosphere of the tale, the dramatic tension created by the length and speed of the narrative and the use of irony in both the telling…...
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“The Old Fools”
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Introduction Larkin is often portrayed as being obsessed by death, but High Windows is as much about life as it is about death. How true do you find this statement? Larkin was 52 when High Windows was published and the collection is dominated by poems about the loss of youth, time passing and the imminence of death. Even in poems not explicitly based on these themes, they are still hinted at. Although some of the poems are about youth, some…...
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The murders of Justine
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" The breakdown of boundaries and exploration of what is forbidden is demonstrated by Frankenstein's ambition to create life. This also shows us how Robert Walton's isolation is self imposed and shows us how ambition represses you. The breakdown of boundaries and exploration of what is forbidden is revealed by Frankenstein's aspiration to create life. "Life and death appeared to be my ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.…...
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The Most Renowned Playwright
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The most renowned playwright in history William Shakespeare is still relevant after dying four centuries ago. This popularity and relevance of his writing has remained because it challenges Students to a new language and way of thinking. Shakespeare has also stayed relevant in the English Curriculum because it was the first form of the English language. The play Much Ado About Nothing teaches students about the problems of social structure. Shakespeare represents the substandard treatment towards women and the notoriety…...
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The Merchants Tale
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The genre of courtly love Courtly love was a contradictory experience between erotic desire and spiritual achievement, "a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and self-disciplined, humiliating and exalting, human and transcendent". At first, Damian seems to possess these qualities and at the wedding of Januarie and May, his desire for adultery is made clear, "So sorre hath Venus hurt him with hire brond". The principles of courtly love are satirised through the characterisation of the characters. Januarie…...
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The Lotus Eater
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Mythic Structure in Somerset Maugham’s “The Lotus Eater” The word ‘myth’ is derived from the Greek word ‘mythos’, which means a traditional tale common to the member of a tribe, race or nation. It usually involves the supernatural elements to explain some natural phenomenon in boldly imaginative terms. Today myth has become one of the most prominent terms in contemporary literature analysis. It was Northrop Frye, one of the most influential myth critics (others including Robert Graves, Francis Fersusson, Richard…...
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The Lilliputian ministers
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Swift uses Brobdingnag to put forward his proposal for changing the British Laws, using the king of Brobdingnag he states that 'No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet', he also says that 'They are to be expressed in the most plain and simple terms'. This shows that Swift wanted laws to be less than 26 words long, which isn't that long, he also wants them to straight to the point and…...
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Why is Betty unconscious?
...It is also worth noting that Act One takes place in one room. This is helpful because it limits the confusion and the audience doesn't have to think about where all the action is taking place. We don't have to worry about where the characters are whe...
How viable is it to read Moll Flanders as a feminist text?
...This fearlessness is the reason why Moll doesn't get hurt and so we are presented with a stubborn and brave character whom we are forced to like, whatever she may have done or what sex she is. It is possible therefore to assume that Defoe is not tryi...

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