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‘Miss Havisham’ by Charles Dickens

...In conclusion, ‘Miss Havisham’ a character from the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens is further explored in the poem ‘Havisham’ by Carol Ann Duffy. In the poem Duffy reveals Havisham’s sinister character and makes her feel real to the reader. Duffy accomplishes this through the use dark themes to express Havisham’s sinister character and a menacing narrative voice is used to make Havisham feel real to the reader. Duffy also uses symbolism, word choice and other poeti...

Reason vs. Passion in Jane Eyre

...In conclusion, Charlotte Brontë exposes through conflict, allusion and symbolism how passion and reason are the guide of characters´ behaviour at different situations in the novel. Jane as a child and when she is treated unjustly is guided by passion, but then when she grows up she learns how to control her passionate emotions. However, in some situation she is not able to do it and reacts with rage, for instance when Mr. Rochester tells her that she has to leave Thornfield. In contrast she fo...

The Lottery

...Despite his breezy, light-hearted name, Mr. Summers wields a frightening amount of power in the village, power that seems to have been assigned to him arbitrarily. A married, childless business owner, Mr. Summers is “jovial” and pitied by the townspeople for having a nagging wife. No one seems to question his leadership of the lottery, and it seems to have never been challenged. Perhaps he took on the role himself, or perhaps someone offered it to him. Whatever the case, he now has complete ...

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Interpersonal conflict in the Movie "Hitch"

...In this particular movie the characters were using aggressive communication as a means of getting their points across. This could very well be relationship suicide. They should utilize a more assertive way of communicating to each other. While they were arguing they should have found a way to lighten the argument. According to Sole, “In happy marriages, instead of always responding to anger with anger, the couples found a way to lighten the tension and to de-escalate the conflict (Sole 2011)....

?Old Major’s speech analysis

...This rhythm builds tension and sets the animals on even higher mutiny. By close inspection one will find the use of alliteration illustrated by “breath in our bodies”. Here again the smoothness and therefore the resulting rightness of Old Major’s words. In addition, he makes use of figurative language. The metaphor “those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength” is an example for the strong imagery Old Major creates to assure the others of their ...

Redemption in The Kite Runner

...He states, “I have a way to make things right again”. In order for Amir to redeem his past with Hassan, he must go and find Sohrab, who is the ultimate symbol of redemption in Amir’s life. Finding Sohrab was Amir’s greatest accomplishment, it was the ultimate redemption for all the evil and unjust things that have haunted his past. Amir fails to stand up for himself and others, as a child. As an adult, he redeems his uncourageous past by setting it right with the help of some very close ...

Social Irony in Connell’s Short Story “the Cage Man”

...Therefore, the developing of new technology demanded more employees and accelerating U.S economical development as the result. In the United States, protected from the physical destruction of the war, the Industrial Revolution had begun to fulfill some of its obvious potentialities receding U.S victory in World War I. High wages and mass-production techniques had finally brought a rise in the standard of living to the working and middle classes causing great economic and widespread society, and ...

The Canonization by John Donne

...Sainthood for him is not reserved for some rather it is achievable by all. What we need is to rise above the material world, to resurrect ourselves through true love. Here the beloved represents anything- a person, God, nature, the entire world etc. Love is the best way to reach the sublime state as it is love that makes a person selfless and passionate towards the beloved. And will it not be magnificent if we all pursue this path rather than the one based on materialism, if we all become selfle...

Importance of dreams in the novel of 'Mice and Men'

...Finally, the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ is a truly spectacular novel by John Steinbeck. The theme of dreams was very important during the course of the novel. All the main events in the novel were caused in relation to someone’s dream, and the sacrifices they had to make in order to achieve it. Additionally, dreams were equally important because they played a big role in the characters’ lives. The characters in the novel use dreams to motivate them through their tough lives, and through the...

'Deadly Unna?' By Phillip Gwynne

...The only minor weaknesses in the novel were the friendship between Blacky and Dumby Red. Though is does discus how good of ‘mates’ they were, it did not go into great detail of the complexities they face because of their inter-racial relationship. The other flaw in the novel was the misleading blurb, the blurb deceives the reader to think that the story line will be revolved around Blacky and Dumby Red facing the community whereas it focus on the much broader community facing the truth about...

Wuthering Heights

...And that Hareton, has been cast out like a unfledged dunnock." In this example the tagging on of the phrase "at first" suggests that Nelly knows how he got his money later and therefore arouses our interest in Heathcliff. Nelly is limited because of her conventional, religious and moral sentiments, which often prevent her from a greater understanding of the emotions or motives of the characters. This is important in Bronte’s technique as it allows the reader to believe that they have a better ...

Of mice and men - dreams and hope

...This symbolise not just innocence but also Lennie’s downfall of innocence in the harsh world that he lives. The next symbol is Candy’s old but once powerful sheepdog. For Carlson killing Candy’s dog makes it clear that during the Great Depression those who was strong would only survive. The way that Carlson kills Candy’s dog in the back of the head with just a single gunshot is foreshadowing how George will kill Lennie in the end. The link between Lennie and Candy’s dog is that they ar...

?Into The Wild

...In my own life, I have realized how easily I take things for granted. Not things like money or food or all the wonderful things my parents provide me; but I take the beauty of nature for granted, I take for granted how easily things are given to me and I don’t really know the feeling of really having to work towards something I want. I also don’t have the ability to say I have a burning passion for something and have spent my life resenting it like Chris did with the government or his family...

An Analysis of "Othello" by William Shakespeare

...Iago fools Othello by providing “ocular” proof but didn’t allow him to listen or understand properly. As for Cassio, he used his friendship to plant the handkerchief. Both Othello and Cassio are naïve have a hard time judging character, are too proud to believe that someone is fooling them and their limited knowledge as to what was going on around them allows Iago to Successfully in the end manipulate the mind of Othello and sent him insane and left Cassio in a situation that he didn’t ...

Analyze Africa's actions and reacions during European scramble for Africa DBQ

...Though they were not successful in ridding themselves of the Europeans until much later, the Africans put up a fight to get the White Man who oppressed them out of their land, after he charmed them with his false pretenses. Another supplemental document that may be used to analyze these two groups is an excerpt from the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. This work of literature depicts the story of a revered tribesman of the Ibo tribe and his relations with the invading European miss...

Macbeth- Monster or Man

...Here lay Duncan, His silver skin laced with his golden blood, And his gashed stabs looked like a breach in nature For ruin’s wasteful entrance; there, the murderers, Steeped in the colors of their trade, their daggers Unmannerly breeched with gore. Who could refrain, That had a heart to love, and in that heart Courage to make’s love known?” (Act 2 Scene 3) Macbeth was always the ‘snake under the flower’, masking his true self, deceiving those around him into believing that he is innoce...

Sylvia Plath Daddy essay

...The speaker says “If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two” which probably means that she has the killed the vampire in her father who drank her blood for a year or tormented her for a year and the second man she has killed is her father himself. Further she emphasizes the killing of her father by describing a scene of a village which would celebrate after a vampire has been killed by stabbing a stake through his heart. By describing such a scene she is probably trying to convey how she i...

The telephone call by Dorothy Parker

...There aren’t many symbols here, but I would distinguish a few. Firstly, it’s the telephone call in the title of the story. It symbolizes the centre of the protagonist’s life, her only wish. However, there aren’t any telephone calls in the story. Then there’s the telephone itself. The protagonist personifies it and speaks to it. It can give her what she wants, but it doesn’t. It’s like a capricious divinity or maybe some idol. The protagonist counts to five hundred (that may be corr...

Of mice and men theme power

...It is again shown, when George talks to Slim about his previous life with Lennie, “coulda bust every bone in my body”. Here through the use of dialogue, the reader is shown the physical power Lennie has over George. It is ironic, that even though Lennie has the advantage of physical power. George is the more dominant one. We can see this, by the way George reprimands Lennie for disobeying instructions, “you wasn’t gonna say a word”. This dialogue, foreshadows Lennie’s lack of mental ...

The Great Gatsby; Theme; Violence

...Furthermore, cars were involved in the accident that ‘violently extinguished’ Myrtle Wilson’s life; (Chapter 7) “The ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment and then disappeared around the next bend..………….. its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick, dark blood with the dust.” If Daisy who drove the car was more...

Descriptive VS. Narrative, You Decide

...In conclusion, when considering which of the two forms of literature was superior to the other, not just for personal preference. I would have to deem the descriptive style of Angelou's writing to be a better overall polished piece of work. Not only does it provide extensive language to portray its message with detail to the most important parts of its story. Like bringing the characters to life and shining light on important social issues, but also submitting a few subtle details in the techniq...

Of Mice and Men George Milton

...George Milton is a complex character from the novella, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. He travels with his long time companion, Lennie Small since Lennie is unable to care for himself. He has no family and spends his days working as a ranch hand. In the novella, the protagonist George is an authoritative,, resentful, yet very compassionate character. George's authoritative nature is evident form the start of the novella. His companion Lennie is small minded and often acts like a child. There...

"Mental Cases" by Wilfred Owen

...Stanza four is stocked with comparison. Lines 21-29 explain his reasons for joining the war. The beginning recounts a time when he won a football match and was praised. He drank a pint of beer and signed up. This shows how eager he was to go to war he even “lied” about his age. The interpretation that could be taken was that he was looking for more glory. He got a taste from his football math, “carried shoulder high,” (23.) It even talks about pleasing a girl named “Meg.” Basically, ...

Macbeth - Closing Address to the Jury, Prosecution.

...He also recounted the end of Macbeth, in affirming “I held his head… I held the head of the treacherous king. I had to do it; he slaughtered my family, my life! I regret to say I enjoyed it, enjoyed taking back what he took from me.” If this does not prove the guilt of Macbeth, I do not know what does. As the court can see, the mind inside of Macbeth was a sickening one, as he ordered the slaughter of innocent people, to secure his position as King. In all these dishonourable acts, I beli...

Essay Writing on Shakespeare: Banquo Serves as a Foil to Macbeth

...As we can see through this analysis, Banquo serves as a foil to Macbeth in terms of nobility. Banquo and Macbeth are opposite characters, one has honourable values that he maintains during the play and does not give in to personal desires, and the other is slowly being tempted by his evil side and will get what he wants by any way that is necessary. Macbeth is morally evil and cares nothing about honour and loyalty, he becomes power hungry after hearing the witches’ prophesies and does anythi...

"The City Planners" & "The Planners" Comparison Essay

...Margaret Atwood and Boey Kim Cheng both use language to successfully help convey their ideas of suburban sameness and blandness. In line 6 of “The City Planners”, Atwood calls the trees “sanitary”. In a suburban world which is sanitized, germ free, free of challenge and disease; the things which normally “offend” us. In the suburbs we shelter from the randomness of nature and therefore cut ourselves off from the energy of life at the same time. “The rational whine of a power mower...

Is the Importance of Being Earnest a Satirical Play?

...[ 3 ]. Roger Sale – The Hudson Review, Vol.56, No.3– Being Earnest. Published Autumn 2003 [ 4 ]. Roger Sale – The Hudson Review, Vol.56, No.3– Being Earnest. Published Autumn 2003 [ 5 ]. Satire & Wit in Oscar Wilde – by Danielle N.Baxley, published 28th March 2010 [ 6 ]. Point, Counterpoint, Thrust: Wilde’s Pun Burying in The Importance of Being Earnest by Jamie Crawford. [ 7 ]. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_the_Victorian_era [ 8 ]. Satire and Fantasy in Wilde’s ‘The ...

Text Analysis - Short Stories

...The authors have, respectively, provided two controlled, alike sinister stories that arouse emotions and sympathies. The structure of each story is quite different, although each story is about one character and their vulnerability through their peculiar happenings while alone on a cold night. Both Hunter and Dahl do not back up their endings with extensive support. They end their narratives obscurely by leaving the active readers wondering and unknown to what happens to the main characters. Thi...

Ashes for the Wind

...In the short story “Ashes for the Wind”, Hernando Tellez uses Juan Martinez to show that sometimes you have to make sacrifices in order to fight corruption and injustice. Through Juan, his wife Carmen and their baby, the author tries to show that people should not be pushed around and intimidated, which is why I think that Juan is a hero. To me being a hero can mean many things, wether it is to inspire, help or even take a stand and a first step towards something better and good; a hero is a...

Compare and Contrast: 'Always a Motive' and 'Gentlemen, Your Verdict'

...Abruptly an expressway toll station worker comes bearing an alibi for Joe, saying that at the time the Miller boy was kidnapped Joe was at the toll. This reveals the themes of the story: how people tend to see things only from one perspective and things can change in an instant. The inspector only saw the side of Joe that made him a kidnapper and suddenly Joe is an unsuitable kidnapper. But there is one thing that lacks from Joe’s story, his motive for returning the Miller boy without the help...

Lamp at Noon & the Pursuit of Happyness

...The film “The Pursuit of Hapyness” is in many ways very relatable to the short story “The Lamp at Noon”. The two are closely related as they before share similar overall themes. “The Pursuit of Hapyness” greatly demonstrates the themes of commitment to personal goals and the effects of adversity on the human spirit. This film follows the life of a man and his family as they struggle through everyday conflicts. These conflicts vary from trying to pay rent to getting food on the table ...

Representation of Love and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

...Both the social and radical perspectives of marriage and love were represented in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Through Jane and Bingley, Charlotte and Collins and Lydia and Wickham the social standard of marriage is presented. And through Elizabeth and Darcy, a new outlook of marriage and love was formed. Today’s society revolves around love, but in Austen’s time finding marriage was far more crucial. Jane Austen renews the ideas of love and marriage and re-presents them by moulding them ...

Romeo and Juliet- Victims of Fate or Choice

...Juliet’s lifeless body; he made the abrupt decision to kill his self. Juliet awakens shortly after to find Romeo dead and immediately decides to take her life in her own hands to be with him. “O happy dagger, / This is thy sheath,” (5.3.171) and she stabs herself to death. In conclusion; the couple both make a lot of quick decisions and clearly have bad judgment. They felt very strongly that they were destined to be together and they were willing to go to any extreme lengths, even death to...

The short stories: “The Kid Nobody Could Handle”

...Being isolated from your peers can also make a person fear criticism. From the short story “The Fall of a City”, the Uncle laughs as he says: “You’d never believe it, but that great big lummox has been playing with paper dolls!” Teddy takes this criticism extremely personally as he cries to tear down his imaginary city. It is perfectly normal for a boy his age to have creativity and imagination to have fun in his own world. However because of how isolated he is from his uncle and aunti...

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

...“My affection for my guest increases every day. He excites at once my admiration and my pity to an astonishing degree. How can I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery without feeling the most poignant grief? He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated, and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they flow with rapidity and unparalleled eloquence" (19). It is obvious that Robert Walton yearns to find someone to talk to that will understand him ...

Animal Farm

...At the end of the book we find out that all of the hard work put into the Rebellion and into getting rid of the humans to make the animals lives better, was all a waste of time. The power got to the pigs heads and made them turn the farm into something even worse than it was before. The pigs had turned into exactly what they were fighting to get rid of. The abuse of power is what made the pigs become like humans. “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now,...

Happy Endings Margaret Atwood

...Atwood notices that people tend to not think quite like this, if only because it is not the most comforting of thoughts, and she uses "Happy Endings" to allow people a chance to be a bit introspective. "So much for endings. Beginnings are always more fun. True connoisseurs, however, are known to favor the stretch in between, since it's the hardest to do anything with." Such is true for writing; such is true for life. With her unconventional structure, caricatures for characters, and sometimes sa...

It's Better To Be Feared Than Loved

...Instead, he uses the quick and easy way to hold his position among Scotland. Macbeth gives justice to Macduff because he betrays his homeland by fleeing to England. Macbeth kills Lady Macduff and her son in order to protect him from the first apparition. At the Macduff household, Lady Macduff says, “He had none, his flight was madness. When our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors” (IV.ii.3-5). Macduff is seen as a traitor to Macbeth because he had fled the country. Macbeth gives ju...

Reading habits

...Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/reading-habits IndiaStudyChannel.com. (23 July 2012). How can reading habit make a difference in our lives? Retrieved from http://www.indiastudychannel.com/forum/95694-How-can-reading-habit-make-a-difference-in-our-lives.aspx Inspiration Boost. (n.d.). 8 Reasons Why Reading is so important. Retrieved from http://inspirationboost.com/8-reasons-why-reading-is-so-important Self Help 4 Self Developmet. (n.d.). Relax and Enjoy the Many Therapeutic Be...

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