Literature Essay Topics

Angela’s Ashes Comparative Commentary

Although these two passages taken from the memoirs; Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt and Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Sallinger, are similar to each other in some aspects, such as mood, perceptions and attitudes towards death etc., their society, culture, and their ages make the contrast between their styles. In the passage from… View Article

Chapter 4 of ‘The Turn of the Screw’

How does Chapter 4 of ‘The Turn of the Screw’ establish the character’s/narrator’s point of view? How does it encourage the reader to judge the character/narrator? Use evidence of diction, tone and symbolism to substantiate your reading. Chapter 4 of the novel begins after the governess has apparently seen for the first time, a strange… View Article

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

To what extent is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall fundamentally concerned with exploring the possibility of salvation? Helen Huntingdon, the leading female role in The Tenant, believes in Universalism, which is the belief that all people can be saved. From her first encounter with Arthur Huntingdon, she believes she can save him from his sins,… View Article

Studying extract from chapter 24 “The Catcher In The Rye”

How do Holden’s encounters with Mr Antolini affect his attitude towards people and education in particular? Studying extract from chapter 24 (‘And I hate to tell you,’ he said…but he wasn’t any too goddam cool. Take my word.) To Holden, Mr. Antolini represents the only adult that is concerned for him. Holden takes a genuine… View Article

English Literature

The “Infant Sorrow” is a short, two stanza poem featuring a young baby who is in fear that his mother and father do not love or want him. The young baby first feels sorrow when, “My mother groaned”, here the baby is feeling like his mother does not want him although she could me “groaning”… View Article

The Pardoner’s Prologue

Paying close attention to the passage, comment on what insights this offers into the Pardoner’s concerns and methods. (The Pardoner’s Prologue, lines 141-176) In this passage, we are introduced to the Pardoner’s motivations in tricking people, how he tricks people and his corrupted nature. Through this, we are given insights into the Pardoner’s concerns, that… View Article

Explore Joe Gargery’s role in Great Expectations

In Great Expectations, Joe acts as a father figure to Pip, when he is in fact his brother-in-law, as Joe married Pip’s sister, Mrs Joe Gargery. We are introduced to Joe as a “mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow”. Pip describes him as a kind and gentle man, making the reader immediately like him…. View Article

The ways in which Larkin and Duffy present the reality of love

Both Larkin and Duffy explore the reality of love in their poetry, examining in detail the unrealistic expectations of romance (such as the oft-held belief that love endures through time and hardship) present in a relationship in ‘Love Songs in Age’ and ‘Valentine’. This eventually leads to the realisation that love does not match such… View Article

Drama Essay English 102

In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Nora (protagonist), lives a lifestyle that complies with the social standards of a typical wife during the late nineteenth century. She follows a patriarchal lifestyle in which her husband, Torvald Helmer (antagonist) is dominant. Furthermore, she doesn’t see that her marriage to Mr. Helmer is an illusion. Tarvold… View Article

In Jane Eyre love and marriage are important in different ways

It is not personal, but mental endowments they have given you: you are formed for labour, not for love…I claim you not for my pleasure, but for my Sovereign’s service.” In the light of St John’s proposal, discuss the importance in Jane Eyre of love and marriage. In Jane Eyre love and marriage are important… View Article

Jane Eyre: An Unconventional Heroine

‘Ms. Eyre is one of those heroines who refuse to blend into the traditional female position of subservience and who stand up for her beliefs’ Explore how the female position is presented. Jane Eyre was written by Charlotte Bronte and was first published in 1847 in the Victorian era. During this period, women were expected… View Article

Literature from or about world war

By comparing the extracts from testament of youth, the ghost road and Binyon’s for the fallen and referring to your wider reading examine how typical in both style and treatment of subject matter these writings are of literature from or about world war one. Timing has a significant effect when war literature is written as… View Article

Life Signs – Poem and Summary By Mahapatra

LIFE SIGNS Violence the day dims. When I open and shut my mouth the darkness chokes inside. The sad light pushes against a bullock-cart-driver’s whip which rests in a corner of the corridor, safe from the black pressure of dragging ribs. a country total solar eclipse It was the drawn-out cry of day that left… View Article

Review of Related Literature

This chapter of the research caters to the principles of English as Second Language (ESL); Writing Development of ESL Students; English Structural Problems Encountered by Chinese Students; and Common Errors on Grammar of Chinese Students. English as a Second Language (ESL) is a process of instruction of English in an English speaking country whose mother… View Article