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  1. The issues in the novel in The Woman in Black are supported by Arthur Kipps the protagonist whilst the woman in black is the antagonist, the contrast of genders already shows

    The reader relies on the narrator?s description of the woman in black, ?only the thinnest layer of flesh was tautly stretched and strained across her bones, so that it gleamed with a curious, blue-white sheen?. This imagery gives the suggestion that the woman in emitting a light therefore giving the connotations that she is a supernatural force. The fact that she is again encountered in a grave yard, ?beside a headstone? is typical of Gothic literature creating tension and ambiance of her chilling and frightening presence.

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  2. Persepolis is a graphic novel created for the sole purpose of making people aware of the fact that the lives of Iranian people are not as miserable as they would think and there is happiness in every little things in their lives.

    Normally, when talking about Iran and Iranians, one would think that their lives are very miserable, sad and full of terror, full of fundamentalism and fanaticism. While it is true that there is a lot of misery and sadness in their lives, this is not the entire story. There is a lot more than all these and they also have moments of their laughter and happiness. They are still human beings who laugh at the same jokes as others and find joy in little things in life.

    • Word count: 761
  3. Self-Delusion and Blindness in O'Connor's "Good Country People"

    Hopewell and Mrs. Freeman suffer from cause them to believe that they are wise and superior to the simple-minded. The characters’ use of clichéd, and, in their opinion, deep and wise statements serves as an example of their self-importance. Mrs. Hopewell states clichés such as, “nothing is perfect”, daily, “as if no one held them but her”, with the constant agreement of Mrs. Freeman (O’Connor 2). She, in turn, thinks that “[nothing] had been arrived at by anyone that had not first been arrived at by her” (O’Connor 2). O’Connor’s use of free indirect discourse from Mrs. Hopewell’s point of view also illustrates her misconceptions concerning herself.

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  4. The Test is a short story published in New York and was written by Angelica Gibbs in 1940. The short story takes place in Southern America

    Here our main protagonist Marian is taking her second driving test. Her employer Mrs. Ericson has gone with her for the day to look after her while she is driving. ?It's probably better to have someone a little older with you? says Mrs. Ericson to Marian (page 1 line 1-2). Marian was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania though she is of different skin colour (black). She seems calm and strict when she is talking to Mrs. Ericson she replies to Mrs. Ericson with ?Yes, Ma'am? (page 1 line 5). Though Marian seems calm when she is talking to Mrs.

    • Word count: 784
  5. How Michael Frayn Presents the Relationship between Keiths Parents.

    Overall, Frayn makes it clear the Haywards are the most enviable family on the street, ESPECIALLY to Stephen Wheatley. With indefectible lifestyles, you would expect Keith Hayward?s parents to have an indefectible relationship too. It seems that way initially, but as we get deeper into the real meaning of the story, we realise the preciseness of Mr. Hayward?s trimmed roses and Mrs. Hayward?s flawlessly applied makeup are in fact false exteriors to conceal what lies behind closed doors. The fact the Haywards specifically have roses outside their house is a symbol of their relationship in many ways. Roses are known a flowers of love, romance and passion with their elegant and intense scarlet petals, however they have a hidden side; danger.

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  6. A Character Analysis of Joseph Strorm

    He is certain that the Government is wrong and that he is right, and Joseph is not afraid to let the inspector know how he feels, displaying his arrogancy to all. Secondly, Joseph is very bigoted. He always gives his entire opinion and that he does that is bad for everyone. He discriminates against ?Deviations,? human or not, without even knowing what it is. One situation that displays his bigotry is when he tells the inspector ?It is your moral duty to issue an order against these so-called horses? (Wyndham, 37).

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  7. Write about the ways Khaled Hosseini tell the story in chapter 10 in 'The Kite Runner'

    This is rather significant in chapter 10 as it shows how Amir can't contribute to anything because he has strung himself to vulnerable characteristics that he can't seem to see through his own attitudes. Also, this can be interpreted as the powerlessness that these characters possess about where they are moved to, they are being forced out of Afghanistan by the soviet army who had arrived in Afghanistan in 1979. Third person usually generates a sense of god-like feature however, by the events and the lack of in-put by characters portrays the inability to stop anything from happening creating a dramatic tension.

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  8. What does Faulks shows about war through his presentation about the death of Weir?

    Faulks try to emphasize this to show that life moves on. ? He felt more lonely than ever in his life before? this suggest that he feel sympathy for himself and not for his dead friend, this might relate also to the fact that weir is the only person that ever loved him as isabelle walked out on him; this makes the reader feel sorry for Stephen because he is a horrible mental state.

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  9. Quote Analysis of "Night" by Elie Wiesel

    Then he next speaks about smoke and children being burned, which in itself is one of the most horrible images one can imagine. I cannot pretend to understand how seeing these things would feel but only can speculate based on what he says throughout the novel. He next talks about how seeing these things and experiencing the things he had consumed his faith forever. It destroyed him and his faith with it. However we can see that his faith is not destroyed but that he is struggling with his faith.

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  10. In this essay I will analyse a section of language from the opening chapter of White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

    rhetoric method in which the reader is drawn into the story, the author is trying to convey a sense of trust by providing more information by doing this the reader is able to create a picture of the fictional characters. In the text it states ?sat in a fumed filled car? this makes us aware that the text is based at an adult audience, as a younger audience would misinterpret what the understanding of this passage means. There are religious connotations relevant throughout the extract ?in death as he was in life? being a line from the bible and other written work, which had described highly religious men in the past.

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  11. Ray Bradbury wrote a little short story called The Pedestrian

    Right then I thought the story would be something about a walker or someone who likes to explore. I was right, it was about Mr. Leonard Mead, a writer, who is not like the other citizens. He is a ?pedestrian? who routinely walks at night, while the other?s are inside watching television. I like the title for this story, because ?the? is singular, and there is really only one pedestrian in the whole city. I thought the title was unique, and really encompassed the whole story, and its purpose for people to get out of the house, and not depend on technology so much.

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  12. Father daughter conflict in "The Poisonwood Bible".

    After following him for so long, she starts to detect his faults, and turns on him. It began when she started questioning his ideas, as he felt women shouldn?t go to college; that they should be married or it would be a sin (page 150). Leah opposed this, wondering how she was to teach others when she wouldn?t be able to learn, herself. While she was opposing his ideas, she had yet to completely disobey him. She had been dependent on him for so long, and while she did not want to be so much anymore, she had nothing else to go by.

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  13. Literary Analysis - Symbolism in Charlie Fishs "Death by Scrabble"

    It hints to the reader that bad luck is either going to her or her husband. Then the husband retaliates by thinking of the word ?MURDER? so that would give him permission to kill her. This man has a sickening mind, and him chewing on the word ?U? shows his selfishness towards his wife and how conceited he is, by fraying the letters. He continually deliberates gruesome words that he wishes he had like ?KILL? and ?STAB? so he could ?finish her off.? (10)

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  14. The story The Cellmate is in essence a tale about two lawless guys in the town of Whitesburg Kentucky

    No one had ever expected that he could do anything like it. Recently Annie?s father had died and the only thing left for Lloyd, was his chestnut mare and a try to get some kind of acknowledgment from his mother. One day Andy is arrested by the sheriff, Andy knows he has nothing on him and voluntarily accepts to go to the station with him. Here Andy is put in prison for the night, but he has to stay in the same cell as Lloyd, but this is no problem to him.

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  15. How are class distinctions represented in the novel Regeneration?

    . recreated the British class system in miniature: aristocratic generals, middle-class officers, and a working class rank and file" This structure reinforced on the war front the class distinctions of the home front, and the "long-standing prejudices of the British class system ensured that enlisted men were treated almost like children." Some soldiers played the role of servant and waited on officers of high class who enjoyed luxuries unheard of to those existing in the grime of the trenches.

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  16. Peter Watts' story Flesh Made Ford is about how technology affects human relationships, our view of death and the effect on social interactions

    Lynne was attracted to him because of how emotional he was in mourning for his late wife but over time it has created a distance between Russ and Lynne in their relationship, and from Lynne's point of view he's essentially having a conversation with his former wife daily. It is possible that Russ' intimate relationship with the computer version of his deceased wife has made him so detached from other living beings that he has come to regard them as essentially nothing more than robots made up of electrons interacting with each other.

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  17. Based on my reading of the first 7 chapters of the book I have formed my own opinions on how Hosseini portrays both Amir and Hassan

    Maybe he's sick... Now am I going to freeze to death or are you planning on lighting the stove today?" Not only is he lying, he's condescending to Hassan's father. Amir is also seen as a child in need of love, this is shown by the number of times Amir tries to win back his fathers love by coming up with various schemes to get his father to love him, this is shown by Amir getting Hassan to fly his kite for him in the kite running tournament, the only reason Amir gets Hassan to do this is to attempt to win back his fathers love and to make Baba see him as the child he really wanted.

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  18. Stephen Cranes Philosophy in his novel "The Blue Hotel"

    By simply telling the unfortunate destiny of the Swede, Stephan Crane actually reveals a self-fulfilling prophecy tragedy, the weakness of human��s moral nature, and the great power the surrounding environment has on people. The blue hotel is not only a hotel in the story; it actually refers to the natural and social environments we live in.         When coming to the death of the Swede, he himself is clearly the first to blame. He is profoundly trapped in his misconception of what Wild West is like: a lawless western settlement full of trigger-happy gunmen.

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  19. "Looking for Alaska" by John Green - analysis of characters and themes

    Obsessed with famous people’s last words, Miles reads biographies and could be described as a bit of a geek or a sensible “good kid”; at least until he comes under the inï¬uence of the Colonel and Alaska... Chip “The Colonel” Martin: The Colonel is a clever and proud, ï¬nancially poor, scholarship student who intensely dislikes the rich pupils who board Monday to Friday only, referred to as ‘Weekday warriors’. He learns lists of countries and capital cities to combat boredom and overcome stress.

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  20. The Theme of Friendship in "The Kite Runner".

    And, under the same roof, [they] spoke [their] first words. Nothing is going to change that either?. (Hosseini 11) The two ?played hide-and-seek, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, and they loved insect torture.? (Hosseini 25) They took strolls together through the parks and see many movies together. They climb trees and Amir reads many stories to Hassan. Hassan is uneducated and Amir makes fun of him for not being able to read. When Amir is around his friends he will just act like Hassan is just someone whom he doesn?t like and this person is just following him around.

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  21. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin paints a vivid picture of a womans emotional journey

    Louise Mallard. Chopin writes the piece in a sequence of short paragraphs made up of two to three sentences each. Similarly, the story covers merely one hour in Louise Mallard?s life?from the moment she learns of her husband?s death to the moment he unexpectedly returns alive. The short, compressed structure mirrors the powerful hour Louise spends envisioning her new independence.

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  22. Notes on "All Quiet on the Western Front"

    Stanislaus Katczinsky ? About 40 years old, he serves as a leadership figure towards Paul and his comrades, he has the most positive influence on Paul and his comrades on the battlefield. He is well known for his ability to scavenge nearly any item needed, above all, food. At one point he secures four tins of lobster. Albert Kropp ? Kropp was in Paul's class at school (and also 19 years of age when he enlisted) and is one of Paul?s best friends and is described as the ?cleverest of us all?.

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  23. Violence in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    There have been many verbal confrontations between the Socs and the Greasers, and like any other problem or rivalry, it progressively got worse to include physical violence and end up with someone getting killed and other second hand deaths. It is also predictable, because the problem and the rivalry stems from the clear and obvious fact of the social and financial differentiation between both groups. Jealousy and envy are from the Greasers side is physiologically bound to happened no matter what, due to the fact that the Socs exercise a life way better than theirs.

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  24. My reactions to "The Bolt of White Cloth" and " Apartment hunting".

    Having read many stories very similar to this one in past English classes, I think that this story will go nowhere and revolve around a central idea, and have a message at the end. Reconsiderations A Bolt of White Cloth This story fitted into the English course ?mold? criteria perfectly. It had symbolism and a good moral. Although I didn?t find this particular story that interesting, I still would like to compliment the writer, Leon Rooke. He picked a good idea and found a way to convey it through the use of a piece of cloth.

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  25. The love of money is the root of all evil. Discuss in detail the importance of money in "The Wide Sargasso Sea".

    The affluence of the creole Annette represents the unfulfilled equality when colonialism was abandoned and the Emancipation Act was passed, thus creating resentment. Thus, the change in Annette?s tone connotes the fact that money can be a source of conflict and resentment between the ex-colonial class and the less well-off blacks, ominously foreboding of the culmination of the blacks? wrath in their act of setting fire to Coulibri. Emotions aside, the reliance on another person for money leads to the eventual collapse of relationships between people.

    • Word count: 826

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