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  1. first 6 letters in the color purple analysis

    Celie whom we assume is pregnant while writing this letter is 14 and does not understand what is happening to her body .Celie's father "fonso" has turned to her for sexual gratification after her sick "mammy" has refused to and got her pregnant for the second time he has killed her first baby and sold her second one. Her mother dies and her two babies have been nobbled and she is left with breast full of milk for no one "I got breasts full of milk running down myself".

    • Word count: 781
  2. Comment on the way in which Kath Walker makes a social commentary in her poem

    Aborigines are longing for "help" in times of assistance, to be "welcome(d)" and to have a "choice" in life. A need for an end to stereotyping and racial prejudice is expressed in the use of wording chosen by Walker. She articulates her anger towards defamation directed at the Aboriginal community. Walker feels the strong need for white society to stop "libelling" and defaming Aborigines as "fringe-dweller" that reside within "missions" "Aboriginal Character of Rights" encompasses Walkers innermost hopes, thoughts and emotions - all of which reflect upon the unjustly treatment of the Indigenous people throughout history. Walker presents a social commentary through poetry that comprehensively reviews the common rights of all Aboriginal people.

    • Word count: 881
  3. Comparison of own improvisation with " The Colour Purple".

    I found out that the majority of the people affected were molested in their childhood/early teens. Most of them were na�ve and not fully aware of what was going on around them. A large amount was in a single parent family. I also found out that the experience had an immense effect on their adult life. Most are not able to have a sex life, they rely on anti-depressants, self-harm etc. I think that it was harder to cope for abused women in " the Colour Purple" because they had no one and no-where to run away to, whereas today women can call help-lines etc.

    • Word count: 940
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou.

    Where she feels unwanted and her self esteem lowers. She also reveals that she was raped at the age of 8 by her mother's boyfriend; this is a memory that never leaves her mind for instance whenever anybody says they love her she thinks of that moment and doesn't know what to do. This book also concentrates on the wide amount of racism that has gone on from the 1930s onwards; she talks about how when working for a rich white woman called Mrs Cullinan how Mrs Cullinan and her friends changed her name to Mary as they found that Marguerite was long.

    • Word count: 821
  5. What is our reaction or impression when we read or hear the term "white"?

    Looking at a different religion, it is very interesting to learn about the custom in Islamic countries, where the dead are buried naked, wrapped in a white cloth. Their belief is that it symbolizes purity and is a necessary religious practice for the dead to get to heaven. When it comes to facts, we also understand the necessity of white garments used in private or public hospitals, and most clinics. Here, there are compulsory regulations where all medical staff must wear white uniforms, ranging from caps to overcoats and suits.

    • Word count: 626
  6. How does Celie develop as a character and as a person in the first fifteen letters of the novel? "The Color Purple".

    In the eight years in between the two letters she experiences many things such as sexual abuse, grief and marriage. In the beginning of the book Celie's writing is very poor, with many vernacular spellings, "He never had a kine word to say to me" and poor punctuation, "She say It too soon" these back up the fact of her age and that she is poorly educated.

    • Word count: 530
  7. The project we did was a project on printing, we had to first gather images and other drawings to stick on a piece of paper, which the print will be based on.

    Then we cut out the lines that appeared on the linocut with a gauge identifying which parts we were going to colour our light, medium and dark colours. After that we printed the light colour we gauged out the light bit and were left with the medium and dark bits, after we printed the medium colour on the light coloured print we gauged out the medium bits and then we went over the medium and light coloured prints with the dark colour giving us a final print with light, medium and dark coloured bits giving the 2D print a sense of tone and shading.

    • Word count: 633
  8. Inheritance Pattern of Maize Cob.

    In this case, purple (T) is dominant to yellow (t) and round (R) is dominant to wrinkled (r). Parents: Phenotype: purple round purple round Genotype: TtRr TtRr Offspring: Genotype Number of offspring Phenotype 1 Purple round 2 4 2 2 Purple wrinkled 1 1 Yellow round 2 1 Yellow wrinkled From the table, we can see that 9 of the offspring are purple round (TTRR or TTRr or TtRr or TtRR); 3 are purple wrinkled (Ttrr or TTrr); 3 are yellow round (ttRR or ttRr)

    • Word count: 601
  9. Explore how the Film 'Cool Runnings' Utilises Colour Imagery.

    You can't imagine anything bad happening in a place as beautiful as this. You don't have to use warm colours to show a beautiful place as there is a stark contrast between Jamaica and Canada where the second half of the film is set. But Canada is also a beautiful setting although there is a different feel to it. It's not the same as the warm happy go lucky feel of Jamaica. But a harsh cold feeling, that's very sharp. It reminds one of the ice queens, as it is harsh and sharp yet beautiful as well.

    • Word count: 829
  10. To investigate the chemical components in ink using chromatography.

    However since pencils are made of graphite, they remain stationary on the filter paper. 3.) The spots must be above the level of the solvent at the beginning of the experiment because the solvent must be absorbed into the filter paper so the components can separate and be displayed in a line vertically on the filter paper. If the spots were placed in the solvent, then the solvent would have got in-between the ink particles making it bigger and it would have looked like a blob and not like the chromatogram in the results.

    • Word count: 535
  11. Slavery: A Recipe for Failure

    Slaves are encouraged to become so drunk during Christmas time, that they only see the poisoned side of being left to their own devices: "Were the slaveholders at once to abandon this practice, I have not the slightest doubt it would lead to an immediate insurrection among the slaves" (44).

    • Word count: 390
  12. Print making from lino.

    The surface of the lino is still fairly resistant to the lino cutter, causing it to slip occasionally. To get round this problem, the lino tile is ironed to make its surface softer and easier to cut. When heated, the whole tile becomes more floppy, so you have to be careful it does not bend under the pressure of the cutting tool and break in half, a bench clamp is used to get around this problem. Lino Cutting and Printing Process: 1.

    • Word count: 807
  13. Compare and contrast the ways both Walker and Winterson present the protagonist experience in 'The Color Purple' and 'Oranges are not the only fruit' respectively.

    These two novels enter homosexuality in completely contrasting ways. 'The Color Purple' sees it as what sets Celie free. Celie needs to feel love, and she finds it within Shug Avery. Others do not try to repress her true nature at this point, as Celie becomes much more assertive with Shug around, and enters into her true self. 'You a lowdown dog is what's wrong, I say. It's time to leave you and enter the Creation. And your dead body just the welcome mat I need.' In 'Oranges are not the only fruit', Janette's homosexuality is frowned upon, and her 'family' attempt to discourage her by making her repent, and try to convince her that the 'demon' has a hold on her.

    • Word count: 927
  14. The Theory Of Colour

    In a fast food restaurant, where sales are limited colour and design will be used to encourage customers to eat quickly and leave. The psychology of colour shows the degree to which we are all affected at a subconscious level by colour. For example the colour pink is used to suppress feelings of anger and violence in disturbed adolescents. Colours can also be related to gender and sexuality as well as seen as relating to periods in history e.g. Egyptian, Classical, and Victorian etc.

    • Word count: 732
  15. Examine the way Walker and Winterson explore the issues of gender and sexuality, with particular reference to women, in their novels.

    And rubbed his spikey chin against my face. I hated him. "'Sweet hearts for a sweet heart' he said. That day I had almost strangles my dog with rage... sweet I was not. o Paper shop couple - Jeanette's mothers views, they are not accepted in the society - Jeanette's confusion, creates humour "She said they dealt in unnatural passions. I thought she meant they put chemicals in their sweets. o Oranges - Lesbian bildungsroman o Comedy "She said they dealt in unnatural passions. I thought she meant they put chemicals in their sweets."

    • Word count: 799
  16. Alice Walker - Biography

    After that she traveled around Europe for the rest of the summer and her love for traveling was born than. After this traveling she returned to the Spelman College to start her junior year, but she was offered a scholarship to Sarah Lawrence University.

    • Word count: 407
  17. Compare and Contrast “Little Black Boy” And “Sugar Cane.”

    They just portray these messages in different ways that are both equally effective in capturing the audience's attention. In "Sugar Cane" the anti slavery message is conveyed through the personified sugar cane. "His waving arms" "Is a sign for help" This quote tells us that the slaves aren't in control of their own lives much the same as the sugar cane plants. The sugar cane is almost pleading for help. William Black gets his anti racism views by writing about a "Little Black Boy" who is the subject of racism. "And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face" "Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove."

    • Word count: 774
  18. No More Sunshine on Leith

    He stood there, gazing at the pair, who looked as camp as camp can get. Both were men wearing bright purple and yellow suits, like something out of the 1950's. As they were talking and Mike watched them, he noticed a growing similarity between their behaviour and the kind that gets people beaten up in the streets for being homosexual. Just as he was about to go and explain his situation, being left without a seat in a busy pub with someone else in his seat, when Danny came up to him carrying their drinks.

    • Word count: 814
  19. In her story Everyday Use, Alice Walker is telling the story though the eyes of Mama,

    Maggie and Dee have different thinking on their mother. The narrator says that she has had a dream in which she is on a TV show with her daughter Dee and the host is congratulating her on raising such a fine girl as her daughter. Then the narrator moves from her description of her dream to bring reality to light. ?In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough man-working hands? (page. 161), the narrator says, and she compares herself to a man who works so hard even to kill hogs.

    • Word count: 715

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?
  • What key phenomena must theories of colour perception account for? Describe and evaluate how theories try to explain the phenomena.

    "In conclusion, a combination of the Opponent and Trichromatic theories would best explain the key phenomenon of colour, as although there is an overlap in that they can both account for colour mixing, other phenomena are exclusively explained by one of other of these theories . E.g. colour deficiency and after-images are neatly accounted for by the Opponent Theory, but not by and the Trichromatic Theory. The author suggests that dichromatic deficiencies might additional be explained in terms of regional problems in the eye, as red/green confusion only occurs in the peripheral regions (Hurvich, 1981). The closest explanation for colour constancy was provided by the Retinex theory, however, neither this or the other two theories, provided a clear explanation for this phenomenon. The author therefore suggests that further investigation is needed, proposing that there may be a three-stage model, where the cone receptors send signals to the opponent cells, which in turn are categorised into different visual systems."

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