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AS and A Level: Other Criticism & Comparison
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Explain how the writers explore the idea of a relationship to a place in the short stories The People Before (by Maurice Shadbolt) and Billennium (by J.G. Ballard).
An integral aspect of the father?s relationship with the land is his desire to assert dominance over it; his immense occupation with complete physical ownership of the land highlights his inability to form a deeper connection with it. The hyperbolic statement ?...history only began the day he first set foot on the land? reveals the father?s disregard for the land?s cultural and historical background; to him the land?s significance and value is only validated through his ownership of it. Furthermore, we are told that ?He?d hardly have said he loved the land....love [was] an extravagance?.
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Compare the ways in which The Colour Purple and What Maisie Knew portray inequality. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors. (30 marks)
Walker therefore portrays the dilemma of the patriarchal society in which the novel is set, whereby women had no voice and no control over their lives. However, in ?What Maisie Knew?, although males are presented as dominant over women, particularly in their access to greater opportunities, it seems that women have some power over he men. This can be seen through the relationship of Mr Beale and Miss Overmore whereupon despite Beale?s belief that ?the child should be put at school?, Miss Overmore can persuade him otherwise through her rhetorical question ?What am I supposed to be at all, don?t
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Post plague, Shakespeare may be giving hope to those who wanted to hold onto tradition and religion, as the Renaissance marked a time of new ideas and a movement away from the typical ideas around love, which could be much alike McEwan in the sense that Robbie and Cecilia?s love was not broken through the war times. In Sonnet 116, love can overcome all; initially, Shakespeare strengthens the idea of love by naming the poem after the form it takes: a sonnet.
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Compare the ways the writers of your texts create a sense of fear in their works (Dorian Gray and Beloved)
repetition of the word ?sick? allows Morrison to emphasise the idea of Beloved being ?sick? and thus she should be weak too. Morrison allows it to become an important point to focus upon, so that the reader is able to see the juxtaposition in Beloved being ?sick? and weak, but still being capable of lifting ?a rocker with one arm.? This shows Beloved to be somewhat supernatural and these themes being created could spark a great sense of fear for the reader with regard to the wellbeing of the other characters, since they are living with Beloved, who may not necessarily be human at all.
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How is forbidden love conveyed in both Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Malorie Blackmans Noughts and Crosses?
She shows here that she wishes not to live without Romeo and without their love. The idea of Juliet lacking control over her future was a key concern in the Elizabethan era in which the play was written. This is down to the fact that young women like Juliet would have had decisions on big life choices often taken out of their hands. Fathers (or the head of the family) would often have the final say over who the daughter marries.
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Compare and contrast the ways Margret Atwood and William Blake present the power of authority over the most vulnerable in society in 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'
The freedom of women is often presented through Moira, who is a lesbian: ?she?d decided to prefer women?, and a feminist. The lexical choice of ?decided? suggests Moira had complete control over her lifestyle choices; implying she had ?chosen? her sexuality in order to oppose patriarchal control and to not be subject to the vulnerability and oppression that men impose upon her. She also criticises Offred for having her ?head in the sand? because she is not particularly interested in feminist concepts; whereas Moira shares the characteristics of a radical feminist.
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The dehumanisation of a specific and manufactured social community is the most appealing characteristic of Dystopian Literature. To what extent do The Handmaids Tale and Brave New World support or refute this view?
Bernard?s mere incapability to completely verbalise the word, strips the term ?mother? of its nurturing semantics and the reader is left with a meaningless nasal consonant. It is interesting that initially, Bernard is the reader?s point of reference, as he is an outsider from the moral turmoil. Here, however, they can no longer relate to his normalcy, as Bernard displays an otherness that the reader finds horrifying, yet compulsive. The employment of Malthusian belts and pregnancy substitutes warrants the need for another method of birth ? ?decanting? ? Huxley?s mechanised and impersonal way to engender humans in artificial wombs, making them a monotonous, scientific advance.
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