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  1. Re-creative writing with commentary Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner

    I frantically searched for the kite and for a fleeting moment I forgot my torment as I saw the blue kite shining in the corner, a vivid sight prominent amidst the dullness of the muddy alley, silently lingering- waiting for its new owner. I checked it wasn't ripped; Amir would not be pleased if it was in poor condition. I had promised him I would bring him the kite a thousand times over and I never lied to Amir, just as he never lied to me, we were best friends, close enough to be brothers.

    • Word count: 1271
  2. Fly Away Peter - What does Jim learn from the War?

    This world of the impotence that Jim feels he has in comparison to the power of birds is the one that is established quickly in the opening chapters of the novella, one that Jim has known for as long as he can remember. In the opening paragraph, the bi-plane flies clumsily through the sky. Its intrusion in the sanctuary shows that Jim is uneasy about change and this new phenomenon is disturbing for him. This is the first sign in the novel of the importance of understanding and accepting change, something that Jim has not yet grasped.

    • Word count: 1670
  3. What do you find noteworthy about the narrative voice in Spies?

    The novel begins with the use of first person, 'I have a feeling that something, somewhere, has been left unresolved', which clearly here is very basic and very common. The language he uses here is very mysterious and gripping, which continues in this chapter with, 'If I only I knew' and 'perhaps I'm the only who remembers'. In the second chapter, we are introduced to the third person narrative, with the narrator now referring to himself as 'Stephen Wheatley', which in my opinion, is a very unique way of constructing his novel.

    • Word count: 1028
  4. Free essay

    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
  5. How does Mansfield explore ideas on marriage in two of her stories

    His dialogue of 'there isn't room to turn. I want the light. You go and dress in the passage.' Further emphasizes on his self centeredness as well as highlighting his lack of affection for his wife as he does not consider the wife's feelings. The 'light' is symbolic of spot light therefore Mansfield portrays to the reader the arrogance inside of Herr Brechenmacher as he wants to get all the attention proving again his self-centredness. The animated object of the button 'shining with enthusiasm' symbolises His excitement and enthusiastic feeling towards the wedding. Mansfield uses Herr Brechenmacher's actions 'he took a piece of the crumb...held it up to her mouth.'

    • Word count: 1440
  6. The Outsiders

    After these deaths, Ponyboy's grades start dropping and he starts to lose sight of himself. Him and Darry get into many more arguments until Sodapop Curtis tells them to promise to stop arguing because it's tearing him apart. They both agree and it makes their relationship really strong at the end of the novel. Although the Curtis brothers do not have a close relationship at the beginning of the novel, after experiencing the deaths of Bob, Johnny, and Dally, it makes their relationship stronger.

    • Word count: 1385
  7. Explore the presentation of identity in Friel's 'Making History' and Pierre's 'Vernon God Little'.

    She is married to O'Neill who lives in Ireland, but 'always speaks in an upper-class English accent' as this is where he was brought up. This reflects his reluctance to forget his English childhood. This may also suggest that he is still uncertain of his true identity. This can be seen as similar to Vernon in Pierre's 'Vernon God Little'; throughout the novel, there is many plays on Vernon Little's middle name 'Gregory': 'Vernon Gone-To-Hell Little'; 'Vernon Gonzalez Little'; 'Vernon Gucci Little'; 'Vernon Godzilla Little'.

    • Word count: 1225
  8. English Literature Assessment Lucy Honeychurch and Stevens are two characters who represent the emotional repression of English society. Basing your answer on A Room With A View by E.M Forster and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ish

    This clearly causes Miss Bartlett much offence and consternation, and the entire room of the "better class of tourist" were too, stunned by Mr Emerson's apparent lack of manners. Yet he is utterly ignorant of the anxiety he is causing her and does not intend to offend neither Lucy nor Miss Bartlett and simply thinks that the room with a view deserves to be taken by the ones who most take most pleasure in it. Although Mr. Emerson is referring to the view from his room's window, this is one of Forster's methods of symbolism.

    • Word count: 2345
  9. To The Lighthouse--symbols & parallel

    He did not show his disguise anymore as he could regard himself as a average man and chat with Masculister. His children observed his change and were able to accept him and reached reconciliation. This spiritual journey showed the symbolic meaning of the title. Objects in "To the lighthouse" have symbolic meanings that show the complexity of life. Through the use of symbols, it implies that nothing was simply one thing. The duality of things often shows there is no absolute meaning of one thing.

    • Word count: 1797
  10. The Kite Runner

    Act two commences with a description of the nature and the setting. There is a reference of the "fields outside" which then progresses to contrast it with "the low, dark, and rather long living room" situated inside John and Elizabeth's house. John himself is so displeased with the decorations that during the later parts of the play, suggests to Elizabeth she "bring flowers in the house" and goes on " I never see such a load of flowers on the Earth".

    • Word count: 1304
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. How do the writers Sylvia Plath and Ken Kesey portray the struggle of the individual in The Bell Jar and One flew over the Cuckoos Nest?

    While Esther feels her segregation is with society, Bromden, the narrator of Cuckoo's Nest, and the other patients of the asylum, continuously struggle against the restrictions placed upon the ward by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched. Bromden states that the other patients in the ward think he is mute and deaf, but in reality, he chooses not to speak, primarily due to being ignored and later combined with fear for Nurse Ratched. Although Bromden is the narrator, his descriptions cannot be fully trusted.

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  14. 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
  15. 'Prejudice is reasonable if it preserves culture' - To what extent is this the prevailing view in EM Forster's 'A Passage to India'

    Whilst they are discussing how they can further enforce their superiority and sense of justice onto the convicts, they show no respect for the new land and begin to destroy their surroundings in order to establish their own. This treatment of the indigenous animal population can be compared to the treatment of Aziz by Major Callendar in Chapter 2, as Aziz is plucked unwillingly from his environment and forced to offer his services unquestionably to Major Callendar. The comparison is drawn as the Englishman exerts his power onto his native subordinate, perhaps as a message, to constantly show the Indian population that the English determine their actions and are that they are the power they answer to.

    • Word count: 2278
  16. 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
  17. Job History - Annie Proulx

    It lends equal weight to both the minor and major events in his life - the tragedies, the joys and the everyday. Most noticeably we see it in the closing stage of Leeland's life; "Leeland hurts his back and in the same week Lori learns that she has breast cancer and is pregnant again" By the story's close we recognise and remember Leeland's life as "Unique". Another notable use of setting that Proulx employs is by showing the encroachment of the federal highway system upon Wyoming life.

    • Word count: 918
  18. Memento Mori

    who are preparing the grave that will house Ophelia's coffin. As they dig they discuss the propriety of allowing the deceased women a Christian burial in consecrated ground, when the factual circumstances surrounding her death argue suicide. The two Clowns obviously have no knowledge of Ophelia's mental condition at her death and judge simply according to external fact. The use of brute and tangible fact is served up again in the riddle the First Clown serves up to his partner: 'What is he that builds stronger than the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter'.

    • Word count: 1048
  19. Discussion of Discourse in Nabokov's Lolita

    The discussion of these elements is focused on considering the discourse between these two very different strategies and the effect it and they have upon the reader's interpretation of the text and characters it contains. Word count: 298 Contents Page Title Page page 1 Abstract page 2 Contents Page page 3 Essay page 4 Introduction page 4 Investigation page 5 Conclusion page 17 Bibliography page 18 Introduction In considering the context of this question, initially we must ask ourselves both what authorial strategy is and in turn who our author is.

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  20. Explore the ways in which Sebastian Faulks presents human endurance in the face of the horrors of war in the novel 'Birdsong'

    underground, which portrays the idea that this tunnel is a terrifying otherworld for the men inside it, who spend so much of their time underground that time itself means nothing: "He had lost track of how long he had been underground. He found it easier not to think when he might be relieved, but to keep digging". The manner in which Faulks delivers these short descriptions in quick succession lends the reader a feeling of moving into darkness from light, and having to allow the eyes to become accustomed to it, as if the reader himself were being led into

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  21. 'To what extent are pages 63 to 67 typical of Alan Bennett's style and themes in 'The History Boys?'

    Indeed, my chosen extract epitomises this discomfort, showing the effects of Hector's 'fiddling' on how, as a result, his pupils react to him emotionally, 'I was the nearest. I ought to have been the one to reach out and touch him. But I just watched...' The use of internal monologue is reflective of the situation, even though the boys do not know that Hector has been dismissed as a result of his '... fiddling', they are still powerless to help or comfort him; they always believed that 'art wins in the end' and therefore do not know how to react when it proves to be quite the opposite.

    • Word count: 1000
  22. Explore the way Barker portrays the relationship between doctor and patient in Regeneration showing which relationship had the greatest impact on your understanding of the novel.

    "He was used to being adopted as a father figure" In comparison to Rivers, Barker presents Yealland as someone with no emotions, who is just doing his job. "I realise you didn't intend to ask such question so I will over look it" This shows that there is no relationship between Yealland and his patients, so therefore he shows no sympathy towards them. When Rivers visits Yealland to discuss methods of therapy, Barker revealed how different both doctors are from each other by presenting rivers as the doctor who works hard to treat his patients and does what is right for them by providing comfort and guidance.

    • Word count: 910
  23. Discuss how understanding the relationship between Brenda and Tony Last in a Handful of Dust is furthered by the reading of a Room with a View

    However, it is also evident that she shows little affection for Tony. When he enters the bedroom in which they are taking their breakfast, she simply greets him with "kiss", which is quite possibly the most dispassionate way of asking for a kiss ever. Brenda "kisses" by "turning her lips away and rubbing against his cheek like a cat. It was a way she had." The author truly conveys a distinct lack of passion or genuine affection, Brenda acted out if habit, not out of self will.

    • Word count: 1772
  24. How is war portrayed differently in Birdsong and in the poetry of Wilfred Owen?

    This shows the contrast between an idyllic location suitable for family boat-trips, and the site of one of the most terrible battles in history. However, in the same passage, Faulkes seems to allude to the terrible events that would happen. "Their hectic abundance seemed to him close to the vegetable fertility of death," is possibly a suggestion that this place would be a place of death. Furthermore, "the brown waters were murky, and shot through with the scurrying of rats from the banks where the earth had been dug out of trenches and held back by elaborate wooden boarding," seems to be an a description of the army trenches on the banks of the Somme.

    • Word count: 827
  25. How does Alan Bennett expose Miss Fozzards character in Miss Fozzard finds her feet? What do you think Bennett wants to reveal about certain attitudes and values?

    Her old fashioned outlook on sexuality is also highlighted when she rejects the name Mallory. "What sort of name is that? I wouldn't be able to put a sex to it." It seems that she sees the world very simplistically, with men being placed in one column and women in the other, with no integration or go-between. All female characters in this monologue are portrayed quite negatively, with Estelle and her gossiping, and Mallory and her fraudulent motives. Another social issue that Bennett raises in reference to Mallory is nationality and patriotism. Although there is no direct or blatant racism in the monologue, I find that there are implications of slight chauvinism and pessimism towards those of other nationalities.

    • Word count: 898

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