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    Both A Passage to India and Heart of Darkness can be interpreted as portraying Imperialism in a critical light, as a dark force which spreads from England into foreign environments

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    For Forster, human defects thrive and are brought to the forefront by the force of imperialism. For men and women living in Forster's England, the defects are less noticeable, but when their environment is changed to an alien landscape and culture under the sway of imperialism, their inner darkness - being the capacity for cruelty, racism, bigotry and a lack of compassion - is brought forward. In Chapter Two, Forster explores the defects in human nature brought to the forefront by this change in landscape and situation from the point of view of some of his Indian characters.

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    Presenation of childhood in Jane Eyre and Once in a House On Fire

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    This is in contrast to "Once in a House on Fire" which at the beginning of the book presents the reader with a number of facts which are presented by Ashworth in such a way that we do not feel sympathy for her but which allow us to at least empathise with her such as "My father drowned when I was five years old", the humour here undercutting the serious situation. Charlotte Bronte then switches the scene to that of the Reed family, who, in the point of view of Jane Eyre were "clustered around their mamma" in the drawing

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    Blanche and Stanley

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    The conflict between the two ways of life is concentrated within the battle between the two protagonists Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. The old civilisation vested in Blanche and the modern in the virile figure of Stanley. The two are like chalk and cheese, the result of their different lifestyles, status and culture. Blanche, an educated woman of wealthy, aristocratic Creole descent and symbolically the last of the Dubois lineage of 19th century plantation owners, is innately refined, "prim and proper," on the surface but in societies eyes is a fallen woman; a metaphor for the corrupt ideas; slavery, racism etc everlastingly associated with the deep south.

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    The strength of Much Ado About Nothing lies in its balance of contrasting elements

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    The potential tragedy first occurs in the play with a classic case of mistaken identity. Claudio and Don Pedro are misled by the villain of the play, Don John, into believing that Claudio's betrothed is having an affair with Borachio (admittedly Claudio's sheer gullibility does help this cause). This potential tragedy truly unfolds at the wedding scene, with Claudio exposing Hero's 'adultery' to the whole congregation and plunging the whole story into turmoil. However, one of the strengths of comic romanticism lies in the predictability of the story, and in Much Ado About Nothing this convention allows audiences to enjoy the touch of tragedy, knowing the story will end in high spirits.

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    The Theme of Opression in Marriage in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Story of an Hour".

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    The way they are treated by their spouses prevents them from being sincerely happy. In Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator, who is never actually named in the story, is extremely suppressed by her husband. Her husband John is a man and a doctor, which truly makes him an even more powerful person in their marriage, especially when the narrator gets ill. He is constantly condescending and patronizing her. For example, the narrator says, "John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage" (Widger 1). He seems to be laughing at her, and she feels like it?s a normal thing in marriages.

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    Exploration of the ways that Shakespeare and Austen present us with different aspects of love or the theme of love looking at similarities and differences in the two texts and bearing in mind the different times they were written in.

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    Darcy, the proud, noble nephew, should break from his initial thought of Elizabeth as "not handsome enough to tempt me' and from his prejudice in opposition to her lack of money and the way her family live. Elizabeth's first impressions, however, shows Darcy as arrogant and vain; as an outcome, she later receives offensive accusations in disapproval to him as right. The marriage between Darcy and Elizabeth uncovers the qualities that create a successful marriage. One of these qualities is that the feeling cannot be carried on by look, and should continuously improve as individuals as they get to know each other.

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  7. Throughout both Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Carroll shows that the lessons taught in Victorian schools are inapplicable and unrealistic.

    Alice absorbs the lessons but has trouble putting them in context or understanding their real-world applications. This can be seen when Alice falls down the rabbit hole. She says: I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?" she said aloud. "I must be getting somewhere near the center of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think ... yes, that's about the right distance - but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?" (Alice had not the slightest idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but she thought they were nice grand words to say)

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  8. Write about the ways that writers aim to make the beginnings of their texts exciting. Robert Browning uses similar techniques, to Hosseini and Fitzgerald, in his poetry. The first six lines of Fra Lippo Lippi appear to have been created as dramatically e

    With his self portrayal seemingly demonstrating the contradictions in his character, he claims that Gatsby "represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn" but goes on to say that "there was something gorgeous about him". Thus he is established into the novel as an unreliable narrator with the mysterious elements surely crucial to this important characterisation. Arguably the most prominent proclamation delivered, in the beginning of the novel, by Nick, is that "Gatsby turned out alright in the end" this information would surely capture the interest of the reader.

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  9. Mr. Hyde vs. Jack the Ripper. If Mr. Hyde from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the Jack the Ripper, were to have lived now a days, they wouldnt know what to do with themselves. These two men are alter

    [E3]This relates both, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and 'Jack the Ripper' because they both killed prostitutes and both were based in the Victorian Era.There is a commonality in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and 'Jack the Ripper' because the two stories take place during the Victorian Era and the victims in the two stories are prostitutes, suggesting the two are commenting on the class system of England back then. [E4] The Strange Case of Dr.

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  10. Brave new world & blade runner essay. Both Brave New World and Blade Runner: Directors Cut, successfully portray the convergence of mans continual struggle for the control of stability with the natural world

    The prominent political and social figures that crowd Brave New World, such as Bernard Marx, an appropriation of Karl Marx, reflect the philosophies of the era in which societal direction and stability were paramount having been elicited from the devastating aftermath of World War I and the Great Depression. Mond's dialogue throughout the text is used to emphasise the context of Huxley's scientific world, "the slower but infinitely surer methods of ecotegenesis, neo-pavlovian conditioning and hypnopedaedia...the discoveries of Pfitzner and Kawaguchi we at last made use of...".

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  11. The childs inability to interpret the adult world is often central to the presentation of childhood in adult literature. Compare the presentation of childhood in Spies and Ato

    However, the class system still held a firm grip on society, with every individual aware of their own status. It dictated what they would achieve or become, if anything, in life. This is shown in 'Spies' as Stephen feels inferior to his friend Keith. He is aware he comes from a less well off milieu and goes to a different school. In 'Atonement' Robbie Turner suffers all his life from the discrimination that comes with being working class and the son of the Tallises cleaning lady.

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  12. Thrill of the Kill Comparative Essay. Imagine being on a deserted island with no rules, no civilization, nothing besides the need to survival. The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding and the short story The Most Dangerous Game by Ric

    His disregard for human life shows Zaroff's twisted nature. During his hunt of the human Rainsford, Rainsford thought: "... Only the devil himself could follow that complicated trail through the jungle after dark. But, perhaps, the general was a devil" (Connell, 54). Throughout the book, this being an example, Connell alludes to the evilness of Zaroff's character. Zaroff's mind and his nature illustrate him as cunning, but corrupt person. The group of hunters in Lord of the Flies also becomes animalistic and savage. At one point, "Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh.

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  13. With reference to Wuthering Heights and Memoirs of a Geisha analyse the role of women within these novels.

    In both of the novels, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and 'Wuthering Heights' the women are not in total control of their lives. This is shown in many different ways throughout. I will be looking at how the roles of the women within the novels are shaped by the environment and over characters around them. One theme that occurs in both novels that affect the women is entrapment. In both novels entrapment of the characters is shown in many different ways.

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  14. The Male Suppression of Female Power: Antoinettes Downfall in Wide Sargasso Sea

    Practically sold to the Cosway's similar to that of a slave, Rochester is left with the degrading realization that "[he] has not bought her, but she has bought [him] (Rhys 70). Cast into a typically female-centric role, Rochester' s inability to adapt to his new surroundings only accentuates Antoinette's power, according to his thoughts. Raised in an extremely patriarchal society where men not only reign supreme over women but also nature, Rochester is completely intimidated by the untamed and powerful essence of the island.

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  15. Lysander and Romeos Transient Love. Shakespeare utilizes poetic language and transformative metaphors in both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummers Night Dream, to present the treacherous pursuit of love as a blinding and transient experience

    160) This is explored in the opening scene of the play, in which Romeo personifies love's paradoxical ability to leave young men "without eyes", yet able to "see pathways to his will"(I.i.161). Blinded to the reality that his affections for Rosaline will never be reciprocated, Romeo transforms the pursuit of her love into a metaphorical attack on his heart. Demanding to know "what fray was here", Romeo uses poetic language to explain that his feelings for Rosaline are constantly at war with each other having "much to do with hate but more with love" (I.i.167).

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  16. Time in Macbeth and A Winters tale. While on the surface Macbeth and The Winters Tale appear to have nothing in common, the theme of time exposes their surprising similarities.

    The witches, separate from the natural rules of time, not only stand for the present but also the future. Therefore this dichotomy, helps catalyze the blatant disregard for time that Macbeth holds throughout the rest of this tragic tale. The witches, however are not the the only women in the play that abuse time and help spur Macbeth's villainous actions. Immediately after learning of the witches prophesies, Lady Macbeth also ignores the present and looks solely towards the future.

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  17. Published in 1792, twenty-one years before Pride and Prejudice, Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women is a radical argument for women's equality.

    While reading Pride and Prejudice, Austen was critiquing the same aspects of society that Wollstonecraft found so repugnant. Austen shows an awareness of the fact that many women in her time were uninformed about subjects beyond their domestic sphere, such as politics and current affairs. It would seem possible that women's ignorance led, partly at least, to empty conversation among them. Austen vividly illustrates the type of conversation generally found among women, and there is some evidence to suggest that she is critical of empty women-talk.

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  18. An ineffectual venture: Attempting to counter discontentment through infidelity. This sentiment is reflected in Milan Kunderas The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Michel Gondrys Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Oscar Wilde

    Tomas calls his relationship with his mistresses "erotic friendships", as they "do not pretend to be "love" affairs; he is able to move among many women without betraying any of them" (Galens 2003). However, not even this can ease his loneliness, as even "after making love [Tomas has] an uncontrollable craving to be by himself" (Kundera 13-14). In addition, Tomas enjoys the premise of adultery, since "once [his mistresses] are gone they assume a pleasing poetic existence that can be enjoyed at will without the endless accommodations that any real relationship involves" (Kimball 1986).

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  19. Compare the relationship between Torvald and Nora in A Dolls House with that of Angel and Tess in Tess of the Durbervilles

    The couple focus so much on decorating the Christmas tree, on the children's presents and on the show Nora will give at the party, that it is clear that all of these occupations are simply distractions from the emptiness and falseness of their relationship. Additionally, as most effectively portrayed in the title of the play itself, Nora describes their home as "a playroom" and herself as a "doll-wife"� sending the key message of the play that Torvald and Nora have been conditioned by society to act the way they do: neither of them really believes their roles which they have undertaken.

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  20. Compare and contrast the presentation of monsters in Bram Stokers Dracula and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein.

    But still, there remains an underlying level of horror, which is alluded to frequently, such as when Dracula is said to have an 'extraordinary pallor' which makes the reader feel uneasy as the sight could resemble something akin to a corpse. Another is when the Count touches Harker, and the solicitor describes 'a horrible feeling of nausea' coming over him. The reader empathises with Harker as they too can almost imagine the feeling of cold sickliness emanating from Dracula, which again adds credence to the deceptive and covert nature of the fear Dracula evokes.

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  21. The Savagery in this play excludes laughter. Explore this argument in relation to Hamlet in comparison with The Revengers Tragedy

    Hamlet is referring to the fact that Polonius is being eaten by worms. If this joke is told well then it should get a great amount of laughs from the audience, but he's also talking about a brutal murder he has just committed. Lee Lady writes1 that "In contemporary terms, Hamlet's lines here would be called a 'sick joke'". This 'sick joke' continues throughout the scene as Hamlet continues to use wordplay to comic effect. There is humour in the dramatic irony that Hamlet spins words in front of Claudius, referring to the "fat king" and "lean beggar".

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  22. Comparison of Brighton Rock & A Clockwork Orange. Explore the methods the writers use to present characters who suffer and the effect this suffering has.

    This, along with his general inability to lead, in turn frustrates him. He suffers under this and is in the end brought to the brink of sanity, where he then following meets his demise. Hale, an early yet doomed potential protagonist is suffering within his brief moment in the book. "Hale knew... that they meant to murder him". Hale constantly suffers under the knowledge of the gang wanting to kill him and despite of his admirable attempt at surviving, he inevitably meets his fate. Furthermore, it's implied by his inability to pick up women that the romantic aspects of his life are not thriving, which could cause any man to suffer.

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  23. How relationships are presented in "The Great Gatsby", "The Kite Runner" and "My Last Duchess".

    In Daisy's presence, Gatsby loses his usual debonair manner and behaves like any awkward young man in love. Gatsby and Daisy's relationship is based on the past, as Gatsby is so blinded by his love for Daisy he can't see what the relationship presently is. Nick describes the restless Gatsby as "running down like an over-wound clock." It is significant that Gatsby, in his nervousness about whether Daisy's feelings toward him have changed as he his built up his whole life around impressing her, when he knocks over Nick's clock this signifies both Gatsby's consuming desire to stop time and his inability to do so reinforcing that his and Daisy's relationship is doomed to failure.

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  24. Compare the ways in which Aldous Huxley in Brave New World and Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange present control in society.

    Burgess' novel captures the anti-mechanistic spirit of the 60's culture and was targeted at the American psychologist B.F. Skinner who believed that his work on behaviour modification in animals could be applied to humans. Burgess felt that the work threatened the freedom of individual choice; he was also disturbed by a new behaviourist method of reforming criminals which is reflected greatly in the novel. Burgess's underlying moral dilemma portrayed in the novel is, is it better for a man to be bad than be conditioned to be good? He conveys this in the novel through the prison Chaplain who says: 'when a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.'

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  25. Consider the presentation of characters, settings and narrative in chapter 1 of Enduring Love and Wuthering Heights

    However, unlike Catherine, Clarissa does not bear the same arrogance and obsession with social class. Joe appears to have a touch of arrogance about him, suggesting "I knew that if I had been the uncontested leader the tragedy would not have happened", in reference to the balloon incident, which could hint towards a biased and unreliable account, yet he still describes himself as a "clumsy, balding fellow" in relation to the "beautiful woman" that is his wife. This suggests that he believes in practical and logical areas, he is dominant, yet when it comes to love and feelings, he is not.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Focusing On a Clockwork Orange and Frankenstein compare some of the ways authors explore the idea of what it means to be an outcast.

    "In conclusion, the authors of both A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - and Frankenstein - Mary Shelley have don e well in concealing the ideas of an outcast in their novels, using the actions of the characters and knowledge of systematic psychological and sociological emotions the ideas of an outcast in the novels were unveiled."

  • Compare and contrast the presentation of the past in The Handmaid's Tale and 1984

    "In conclusion the past in both 1984 and HMT are represented through dreams and flashbacks for both the main characters. This representation is seen constantly throughout the novel and we are reminded that the past holds memories, however minor, for both characters. Both Winston and Offred have lost the past and seem unable to get it back, even though they long for it."

  • Compare and Contrast the presentation on Edmund and Edgar in Sheakespeare's King Lear

    "In conclusion, Shakespeare primarily focuses on creating contrasts between Edgar and Edmund opposed to similarities between the two characters. However one striking similarity does arise. Shakespeare chose to names the brothers Edgar and Edmund; the names are very alike, which is unexpected when their characters differ so greatly. This may be Shakespeare's way of explaining how difficult it is to distinguish between good and evil. The most important contrast he presents is how the two characters represent good or evil. In performance, the colours each of the characters wear reveal the distinct contrast between Edmund and Edgar. This is specifically shown in the battle between the two brothers at the end of the play. Edgar wears white to suggest innocence and goodness and Edmund wears dark colours, which represent evil and sin. The colours symbolise their mental attitudes and personalities. Edmund is presented as a cold malevolent character while Edmund is shown as a trustworthy and loyal who is devastated by losing his family and livelihood. However, it is Edgar who represents morality and is one of the few characters who survives the play, in consequence, presenting the legendary moral that good will always defeat evil. Approx"

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