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    Sexism in A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    The idea that women can be so indoctrinated indicates they are viewed as not having a mind of their own, free to make their choices, almost like animals (not possessing a higher order of thinking). Ransheed also expresses his distaste when he mentions "women come uncovered...look me in the eye without shame" claiming how it embarrasses him to see a "man who's lost control of his wife" Women are seen as an extension of the husband and if they act 'inappropriately' husbands only care about what it reflects upon them.

    • Word count: 813
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    'So where does love come in? It's not strictly necessary, is it?' What are Barnes' views of the role of love in history and in this novel? [A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters]

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    However, he later expands upon and contradicts this idea. 'Our love does not help us survive... Yet it gives us our individuality, our purpose.' States Barnes. It is perhaps worth noting the conclusive tone evident in this phrase; here, he doesn't pose a question, but instead offers an answer. This appears to imply that he has a certain confidence in his answer, that he has reached a personal conclusion in his mind. Therefore, one can read into it that Barnes decisively views love ass being superfluous to survival in practical terms, but is necessary to make us 'human', and as a driving force.

    • Word count: 894
  3. How does Hosseini tell the story in Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner?

    Instead of having an equal relationship, due to the discrimination that existed in Afghanistan against the Hazaras, Amir and Hassan's friendship seems to have strong aspects of a servant-master relationship. This is proven by the fact that Amir flies the kite in the competition every year and Hassan acts as his assistant. When Hassan celebrates Amir's victory, 'You won Amir Agha', Amir tries to hide from the obvious fact that he is the superior person in their relationship, 'We won!

    • Word count: 955
  4. Baba and America - the novel explains the statement Baba loved the idea of America. It was living in America that gave him an ulcer by depicting Baba as a person who was more dependent on Afghanistan and its culture than he first believed.

    This character portrayal means that readers see Baba as almost a revolutionary in some sense; although he is affluent and well-respected he is not scared to share opinions which more often than not are not in agreement with people who have a similar status in society to him. This portrayal is important in the novel because it allows us to believe the first part of Amir's statement in chapter 11, that 'Baba loved the idea of America.' As the novel progresses through Amir's childhood we can see the appeal of American society on a character like Baba, a society not grounded by religion and ignorance, a culture of freedom.

    • Word count: 752
  5. Explore the devices used by Wharton to communicate character of Ethan Frome in the opening of the novel

    for Ethan to become a great man and achieve something life, yet he had let life erode him away to nothing but a 'ruin'. There is also a suggestion that there has always been something preventing Ethan from completing his ambitions; 'each step like the jerk of a chain' is almost as though there is something tied around Ethan averting him from breaking away. The suggestion of failure or incompletion is emphasised with 'smash-up', the use of the word smash provokes a sense of utter destruction and of something that isn't repairable.

    • Word count: 765
  6. What do chapters 17 and 18 reveal about Forsters art as a novelist?

    The abstinence of using her name gives the effect that she has become too holy to be named. This is particularly significant in the novel for before her assault she had not been very popular within the British Community but since the assault she has become the most popular lady who they all seem to want to have an intimacy with. This only accentuated the British ladies' shallow personalities. Once news of the assault on Miss Quested reaches the British they group together in a tribal manner; the ladies and men are given instruction what to do from Turton and they become secretive.

    • Word count: 895
  7. What do you find significant about the strategies Hosseini uses in the opening chapter of "The Kite Runner"?

    "I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty six years". Hosseini also describes clear differences in setting between the present America and the past Kabul by using contrasting settings such as 'summer' and 'winter', 'sparkling lake' and 'frozen creek' and 'Golden Gate Park' and 'deserted alley' with a 'crumbling mud wall'. These words suggest a big contrast between the two countries and also implies that Amir as come far in life to be living in such a nicer place.

    • Word count: 459
  8. The Open Window by Saki - Literary appreciation

    The author uses very complicated language to describe simple actions. This creates the effect that the event occurred in a bigger time frame than it actually did. Saki's skill of using language is portrayed through adjectives like "treacherous piece of bog", verbs such as "laboured under the tolerably widespread delusion" and the brilliant control he has over the vocabulary he uses. He completely leaves the readers in the dark by limiting their point of view to that of Mr Nuttel only to surprise his audience in the denouement.

    • Word count: 584
  9. How effective are Robert Tressells use of metaphors in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists?

    The fact that Tressell hand wrote the entire novel in itself can be interpreted as metaphorical. Instead of using the machinery, he did it by hand, working as an ordinary man, the fruit of his labour coming from his own hands. With reference to the characters themselves, it is possible to see the metaphors present - for example, the Reverend 'Belcher'. When viewed from Frankie's (Owen's son, a child of 7) perspective, the man is continuously described as resembling a hot air balloon. "If he had removed the long garment, this individual would have resembled a balloon: the feet representing the car and the small head that surmounted the globe, the safety valve"; this quotation is the main description we as readers receive of the Rev.

    • Word count: 600
  10. A Passage to India. How successful do you think the novel is in its critique of "Orientalist" stereotypes? Do you think the novel still clings to some of these racial stereotypes when it depicts Indian characters?

    His main character, Dr. Aziz is represented greatly within the first few chapters of his introduction. The author not only represents how the majority of the Muslim Indian population's characteristics and appearance in just one person, but in addition, he has woven into these simple features the emotions and mentality too. One would notice that suggestion immediately through a particular description of Dr. Aziz. "Rather small, with a little mustache and quick eyes." This representation would quickly strike the reader, not only does it have the stereotypical image of the "Indian" man, but the description of the eyes also indicate something much more than what is skin deep.

    • Word count: 810
  11. A Passage To India. Who is the most admirable character in the novel? Who is the least admirable? Explain your answers.

    Moore's character to become highly linked to the spirituality of India. Her British roots do not stand in the way of her open and wise mind that came with her growing old, evidence to that is her reaction to the appalling way that most of the English people treat Indians in their own native land upon her arrival to India in the first part of the novel. Mrs. Moore's spirituality lead many people to admire her, her thoughts about religion, life and its essence, mixed along with the fragility of old age and a sympathetic and big heart simply put readers in awe.

    • Word count: 970
  12. The Lonely Londoners Analysis. From the first section of this extract it is apparent that racism is a key theme and that it will be widely used throughout as a young child says to his or her mother mummy, look at that black man

    It also sounds slightly sarcastic as if he is implying that the child is not sweet at all. However, the way he says what a sweet child may suggest that, deep down, the comments do affect him as he says it "putting on the old English accent implying that he is desperate to fit in and is possibly ashamed of his culture due to the remarks he has received throughout his life. The way he says it also emphasises the divide between reality and appearance; reality being what has just happened and appearance being that he tries to fit appear 'normal' and fit in but in reality he never will in the situation he is in.

    • Word count: 587
  13. "Spies" analysis. The narrator presents the boys as being inexperienced and childish in order to put emphasis on their obliviousness.

    The narrator presents Stephen as misled in order to emphasise his obliviousness. 'I understand now that it will involve frightening difficulties and wrenching conflicts of loyalty. I have a profound intimation of the solemnity and sadness of things.' The narrator uses war connotations, such as 'wrenching conflicts of loyalty', in order to put emphasis on the gravity of their situation. This is a microcosm, in which Keith and Stephen's world is perceived as being a war or conflict of some sort and acts as an embodiment of the Second World War, in which it is a sinister world of lies and espionage, as in the Second World War, many people changed sides.

    • Word count: 858
  14. Katherine Mansfield The Collected Stories. Katherine Mansfield is a modernistic writer of the 20th century who often used erotic imagery to convey human emotions within her stories.

    There is an apparent tension between both characters which can be seen clearly using this imagery of nature. The use of sexual motifs can also be seen in The Little Governess as the Governess enjoys the succulent strawberries with an old man she has recently met. "They were so big and juicy she had to take two bites to them-the juice ran all down her fingers". This thrilling imagery clearly indicates the old man's inner desires for the young Governess, along with the power of fruit and temptation within her stories. Mansfield often uses sexuality and nature within her story to better explain the true desires of her characters.

    • Word count: 959
  15. Context of A Thousand Splendid Suns. A Thousand Splendid Suns explores the lives of 2 Afghan women, who oppressed and subjugated, develop a close relationship in order to brave and survive the hardship of lie. Afghanistan at the time was extremely u

    Therefore, it could be said he is struggling for his identity he feels guilt for having not returned to his country in it's time of need, leading him to question his loyalty and traits as a person. The novel has not been published in Afghanistan. It is probably because Afghans reader would have little -time or money to spend, but it could be because they would be outraged at his American-style writing, due to its open confrontation of difficult moral, social and political issues.

    • Word count: 462
  16. Analyse Roths writing in pages 127-130 The fate of Alvin is one of the fundamental strands of the novel which are entwined at its conclusion, showing how the people around Philip (and Philip himself) have been affected by the Lindbergh administration.

    This uncertainty is repeated within the section when, "imitating Sandy", Philip runs to greet him. This uncertainty is omnipresent in the novel, and Roth making the reader aware of his own uncertainty is one of the main ways in which it is exhibited. His fear is again shown by his thoughts of Little Robert, the homeless amputee which he occasionally passes on the way to Herman's place of work. Philip fears that Alvin will become an outcast, a social reject who people do not regard as a human, as he did with regards to Little Robert, "the living stump".

    • Word count: 976
  17. What do we learn about the character of young John Coetzee in "Boyhood"?

    Coetzee spotlights the, arguably, most difficult years in our lives as childhood is the time when we are most undecided about our destination. The novel provides a very high level of insight into Coetzee's mind and his view of himself as a child growing up. Coetzee strikes the reader as an unusual and almost strange child that both relishes and hates being different.

    • Word count: 425
  18. The Hound of the Baskervilles

    The setting for the story came from Doyle's visit to the foreboding landscape of the English moors, their sinister prehistoric ruins and the treacherous boggy terrain surrounding them. While there, he heard tales about murderous escaped prisoners stalking the moors for victims and of a 17th-century tale of a cruel aristocrat having his throat torn out by his own dog. From there, he developed the tale of the Baskerville hellhound, a terror that haunts the the family, and could mean the end of the Baskerville line.

    • Word count: 695
  19. How significant is the title in Michael Fraynes text, Spies?

    Being boys they would regularly play games associated with mystery and danger, espionage for example. This game is heavily contrasted with the grim reality of the secret meetings and sudden death as Stephen grows up around slow disintegration of the Hayward family. Frayn cleverly combines childhood, secrecy, innocence and the suppressed violence whilst demonstrating the idea that what we see in front of us may not always be reality. Frayn first subtly hints Stephen German background- ''there are cheap flights to that far-off nearby land.' The word 'nearby' hints that England is metaphorically close to him however 'far-off' implies that in a literal sense England is actually far away from him, this may also suggest that his time occupied in England was a very long time ago.

    • Word count: 889
  20. How does Hosseini create drama and tension in the rape scene?

    This has dismal, depressing connotations, almost as if the weather is in mourning. Hassan and Amir are on a pedestal: together, the boys have faced their biggest victory against their antagonistic arch-enemy, Assef, a powerful cruel teenage Pashtun. By using a series of simple and complex sentences, the reader is taken on the victorious journey of being a kite running winner with Amir. "Then the moment came/ I closed my eyes and loosened my grip on the string..." Every emotion, look, feeling and smell is heightened at this precise moment so when Hosseini writes that Amir next sees Hassan "smile unabashedly, twenty-six years later" the feeling of unease begins.

    • Word count: 629
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    The Story Of An Hour From Mrs Mallard's Perspective

    Of course I loved him, as a companion; he was a means of fortification against the world and a way out of eternal spinsterhood and loneliness, and his mind and soul had now departed forever. Five minutes or so had passed, and I carried myself to my room with little motivation, where I sat in silence, reflecting on the news whilst giving my anaesthetised body an opportunity to recover from the horrific shock which was delivered earlier on. After a period of reflection, I realised that a new beginning seemed to be commencing for me.

    • Word count: 632
  22. Eplore the success of Chris Guthrie in Sunset Song

    During her development she seems to the reader to be reasonable and level headed. She is not affected by the "harvest madness" that causes a wave of sexual activity in Kinraddie and is completely comfortable with her sexuality. It makes her stand out from the rest of the community, her experiences are engaging but not always pleasant, and makes her sexual development realistic and interesting for the reader. The differences between Chris and the rest of Kinraddie's community in terms of sex continue to illustrate Chris as completely human and real.

    • Word count: 604
  23. Exploration of Minor Characters in Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

    He is strictly religious and the teachings of the church tell him that sex and sexual desire is sinful. This creates a conflict within John Guthrie and leads to the cruelty and severity of the character in the novel: "The dourness hardened, hard and cold, in the heart of Jean Guthrie's man." As sex is sinful, only justified for the purposes of reproduction, John Guthrie must resist the temptation of his wife. This arousal is a cause for guilt and John Guthrie blames his wife.

    • Word count: 920
  24. Discovery Essay

    Eventually, the individual will desire to escape reality and try to forget about their past experiences. In Away, Gwen is a stereotypical nagging mother and wife who is continually looking over her shoulders. "No one likes a snide girl, always arguing, always throwing a tantrum, getting your own way...." (Act Three, Scene Two). Gwen is yelling at Meg, when it actually sounds like she is yelling at herself. She thinks she can stave off her poverty and working class background by accumulating more possessions.

    • Word count: 745
  25. Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx

    yet "suffused with a sense of pleasure because Jack Twist was in his dream". As he looks to the comfort in his reminiscence of their days "on the mountain when they owned the world" the introduction ends with; "The wind strikes the trailer like a load of dirt coming off a dump truck" This rude awakening foreshadows the story of their relationship which Proulx now turns to - it was very much a dream which could never last and which the environment it existed within would never permit.

    • Word count: 871

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?
  • By Comparing and Contrasting the characters of Flora and Prue, discuss how Stella Gibbons has parodied the concept of heroine.

    "In conclusion the rural novel of which Precious Bane is an example has been parodied in detail by Stella Gibbons, from which she has crafted Cold Comfort Farm. Although there a several differences in the two heroines in the novels there are also a number of similarities, both novels are written in first person narrative, in the perspective of the heroine, allowing the reader to get inside the characters head quite effectively. Although both novels are written in considerable detail, Gibbons has exaggerated a lot of her concepts and she does her best to highlight this. Although Flora and Prue aren't both portrayed as stereotypical heroines, they are still both rescued by a male character from the novel, which is term is a cliché that rural novels follow, of a hero rescuing his heroine. However despite the few similarities the two novels contain, Gibbons has engaged several of Mary Webb's concepts and parodied them to perfection, and therefore in a result of this has portrayed Flora, her heroine in a completely different way to how Prue is shown by her author, attractive, confident and independent, she's more of a modern heroine whereas Prue is more traditional."

  • In death, Carlo is described as 'the perfect figure of the perfect man.' To what extent do you agree with this epitaph?

    "In my opinion, Carlo was 'the perfect figure of the perfect man'. I live in a modern society, influenced by the open and equal status shared by everyone in my country. I believe that the orientation of a person should not bear relation as to whether they can be considered 'perfect' or not. What I do consider a more difficult task is defining the word 'perfect', it is a complex word which means different to everybody and there is no unambiguous way to define it. As a result, when I use the word 'perfect' in the context of this essay, I consider both the modern English view and the contemporary Greek and Italian views. In this case, Carlo would not be considered a perfect man because of the homophobic culture which still exists in both of these countries. However, in modern England and to myself, the strength of character, devotion, liberalness and inner beauty of Carlo is enough to be named 'the perfect figure of the perfect man'."

  • Discuss Hosseinis exploration of the parent/ child relationship in the Kite Runner.

    "In conclusion, it is clear that even if Amir was the son Baba had 'imagined', Baba would still have been reluctant to have a relationship with him, as Baba's secret fathering of Hassan haunts him and distances him from Amir. Hosseini effectively creates two characters, through the relationship of Baba and Amir, where mistakes echo to the next generation demonstrating how adults' present mistakes affect the younger generation. It is unclear whether Amir's mistakes will also subsequently affect Sohrab as Hosseini leaves the reader with an open ending, where the reader is left to speculate. However the resonance of Amir's words of: 'For you a thousand times over' echoes as a spoken promise that he will stand by Sohrab and return the loyalty he was shown by Hassan and Sohrab's counter smile indicates that, there is hope for Amir and Sohrab's relationship, will not reiterate that of Amir and Baba's. The ending not only inspires hope for Sohrab and Amir's father/son relationship but also for Afghanistan, the land that they love."

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