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  1. English Titanic Coursework - I decided to do my coursework in the form of a diary.

    Cherbourg passengers finally board tenders and wait to be ferried out to Titanic. Titanic rides at anchor in Cherbourg Harbour, all lights ablaze. By 8:30 p.m. the anchor is raised and the Titanic leaves. When I first got on there was chaos. Luggage and excited people trying to find their cabins were everywhere. It took hours but I finally got my luggage and myself into my cabin. These cabins are luxury compared to what I usually have to live with. I am not used to sleeping in an actual bed. The other three beds just have luggage on them, the owners of the luggage must have gone somewhere.

    • Word count: 1412
  2. Narayan: The Man-Eater of Malgudi

    On his way up the "staircase" to see the lawyer, he immediately connects it to the "one leading to [his] attic devoted to dead wildlife". This allusion to Vasu (as it is he who inhabits the attic) creates a certain amount of gentle humour as it reminds us of the effect that the "man-eater" has had on Nataraj and also of Nataraj's inability to rid himself of Vasu, making him seem lackadaisical and almost useless. Narayan also incorporates some subtle and dry ironical humour in this extract; "It was this process [of beating cotton] which spread tuberculosis and asthma

    • Word count: 2512
  3. Aspects Of Teenage Life

    We hate it when people we do not like, come and walk with us. It happened the other day. This girl, called Neena, whom we absolutely hate, came and walked with us. Now even though Janki and me love our walks, and hate Neena, we were not as rude to say 'Bugger off!" So unfortunately, she walked with us the rest of the way home. I remember that I kept on flaring my nostrils, because that is a sign that I am angry!! Janki just had a big grin on her face, as she tried to make conversation with Neena.

    • Word count: 2055
  4. Do You Have to Succeed to be Happy?

    The virtue that I believe to be more important is happiness. This could be supported by many ideas and comparisons. First, you do not need to succeed in order to be happy. Id you have a family and are happy, your life is good and worth living. On the other hand, many people who succeed end up not being happy and hurting or even killing themselves.

    • Word count: 319
  5. Diary Entry: 10th May 2002- 2nd Expedition

    As soon as we reached the campsites we decided to pitch our tents. We did it so well that when the girls arrived they asked us for help to pitch their tent, as they couldn't figure out the simple task by themselves. After, we spent the rest of the time relaxing and it wasn't till about ten o'clock at night that the other groups decided they were hungry and they set up their trangias. After seeing them eating we soon became aware of the emptiness within our stomachs and so we followed suit and cooked our baked beans and spaghetti and ate them straight out of the can.

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  6. The programme begins in a 1985 seaside setting, where the camera starts panning across the screen, with beach arcade music in the background. The camera shows a close up of a girl smoking.

    He can no longer handle it and flees from home, just to get away from them. He runs away to Bristol. On one occasion, he sleeps in a shop doorway, woken up to shopkeeper, that is not to bothered that "Tar" (this is the girls nickname for him, she calls him this because he always says how bad smoking is for her) is there, and saying " It's aright, you don't have to get up on my behalf". The next scene shows the girl arguing with her parent's; eventually it comes to the father's stereotypical frame of mind, implying that his daughter has had sex with 'Tar'.

    • Word count: 1598
  7. Dispicable thats all you can decribe it. You look around and its like the population of man has been wiped out.

    There was about 20 of them that met up every friday, She waled down the bumpy path to the darkened park were there was alredy about 10 people laffing and gigleing. "hey, anyone got anything yet?" shouted carla. "Not yet, we are goin for sum now" someone out of the group. The group set off down to the offlicence and hung about outside asking general people if they would 'go in for them.' This was an anoying thing for older people who did not like to be asked, it took about fithteen minutes before a reluctant peron who felt threatened but the every growing gang to agree to go in the shop for them.

    • Word count: 1263
  8. A Study of the literary techniques used by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in

    It also features many themes and characters, as well as an effective setting. As a result, I will examine the literary techniques used in "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky to convey the downfall and subsequent rise of the main character, Raskolnikov. I will begin by looking at how the setting formed Raskolnikov's character, and then discuss the structure and other characters of the novel. The setting plays a primary role in forming Raskolnikov's character. In mid-19th century Russia, an oppressive rule is a result of the Romanov monarchy and this inadvertently promotes widespread poverty and pain.

    • Word count: 2301
  9. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. -Francis Bacon

    Since than, I have read hundreds of books. I treat the books I read with a lot of caution. Like everyone else, I feel that my time is very precious. If I invest my time into reading, than the reading must yield some sort of profit. As Samuel Patterson once put it, "Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen." My best friends are friends from whom I might be able to gain some wisdom. The literature I choose to read must contain some wisdom that I can gain. The first book I read where I felt that I had truly gained some wisdom was, Plato's Republic.

    • Word count: 723
  10. The Reverend Dimmesdale's Projection's of Truth in The Scarlet Letter

    The entire theme is based upon the Reverend's struggle within himself and his relationship with protagonist Hester Prynne. But it's almost as if the Reverend is a microcosm of symbolic meaning that the work projects upon the reader's mind. Hawthorne's use of irony capitalizes on the feeling that the Reverend expierences; the town believes in him so deeply his people say "the Reverend Master Dimmesdale, their godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation."

    • Word count: 672
  11. Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

    (67) He basically tells her she will save her lover's soul if she confesses who he is. To his unstated relief, Hester refuses to answer him saying, " I will not speak! And my child must seek a heavenly father; she shall never know an earthly one!" (69) The rich irony of this scene is later realized when the reader knows Dimmesdale is Pearl's father. The speech seems very cruel once the reader makes this realization. Dimmesdale himself is preaching that this man should come forward, yet he is actually Hester's lover and not admitting to his sin.

    • Word count: 1311
  12. In the play "The Cherry Orchard," by Anton Checkov, and the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn,

    away and son, Grisha, "drowned in the river, only seven"2 She was running away from the pain that the two deaths, which were only a month apart. She ran away to forget her past and even though she came back, she still wanted to find a way to forget her it. Her comment, "if I could forget the past,"3 showed the reader that she would prefer to run away from her problems and to forget all of the pain and horror that she had had in her life instead of dealing with the pain and the hurt and recovering from it.

    • Word count: 1385
  13. A Plea to Keep One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in School

    It is human nature to hide the darker part of our history, as is depicted in this book, but I assure you that One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich has more to it than simply describing the mistreatment of zeks in a gulag. It is much more than that. It depicts the self-preservation of man in the face of incredible adversity. It demonstrates how a person can take pleasure in the small and less noticeable things in life, in an effort to maintain motivation to survive.

    • Word count: 1540
  14. Fire Safety is important. I researched how you can be safe and prevent a fire. I researched this because Montag in the story is a firefighter and he deals with fires.

    To protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide your furnace should be properly maintained. If your furnace is not properly maintained, your furnace flue may be clogged or loose, and carbon monoxide could be going into your lungs instead of up the chimney. Your fire chief advises you to have your furnace flue inspected on a regular basis by a qualified workman before it's too late for an inspection to make a difference. Wood burning appliances are used more often. Experts do not recommend the purchase or installation of any wood burning stove unless it is air-tight and has controlled airflow.

    • Word count: 816
  15. What happened and why

    Ismay casually put the message in his coat pocket and later showed it to two prominent passengers, Mrs. Arthur Ryerson and Mrs. John B. Thayer. The Titanic had covered 546 miles since noon Saturday and the following day they were planning to bring her to full speed for a short test to see what she was capable of. The ship was performing very well and even the fire that had been smoldering in the forward coal bunker of boiler room #5 had finally been extinguished.

    • Word count: 2164
  16. Waiting for God and The Love Song by J. Alfred Prufrock choose to not actively strive to read their goals.

    As readers, we don't quite know why Vladimir and Estragon choose not to reach their goals. Vladimir and Estragon also have a chance of ending it all by hanging themselves, yet they don't want to because they would rather wait for Goddot, then actually search for him. This suggests that maybe all humans do is wait without purpose and merely pass time as Vladimir and Estragon do by talking: VLADIMIR: We've nothing more to do here. ESTRAGON: Nor anywhere else. VLADIMIR: Ah Gogo, don't go on like that. To-morrow everything will be better. ESTRAGON: How do you make that out?

    • Word count: 1142
  17. A Study of the Themes of Friendship And Betrayal in Iain Bank’s “Complicity”

    The murder scenes are described in a way that is realistic due to the coarse nature of the language, for example, the use of gratuitous expletives in the dialogue. "You fucking little cunt!". This language could be heard on the streets of Edinburgh whereas if the book was written in the Queens English, it would be almost surreal because people do not naturally talk like that. The book is graphic in its description: scenes and locations are described using words which are colloquial, this shows the author's Scottish heritage.

    • Word count: 1801
  18. A Day In the Life of…

    Perhaps my mother knew that I was just as ill tempered as my father, which had managed to rub off on me during the last 15 years of my life I have spent with living him. I stumble over to the desk and reach for the lamp. It is yet another dreary winter morning and drawing my curtains hardly help. By now my father should be out of the bathroom and I manage to slip in quickly just before my mother.

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  19. Having my mother tell me that she would not be going with us really broke my heart.

    I believed that I could indefinitely. For one thing, I had learned how to skateboard. When I was first introduced to skateboarding by a friend, Aric Escoto, it was not extremely popular. I was thought to have been breaking barriers and stereotypes. It was not my intention to draw attention. Skateboarding appealed to me because it seemed to be an intimate sport that I would be able to share with just my friends. It appeared to be just the testing of the resilience of a piece of wood with cylindrical objects attached. It was also viewed as a waste of time.

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  20. Is Life worth living?

    Because, when we look back, it disturbs one to think that in the end, nothing will matter. That all achievements, given time, will be forgotten, and buildings, given time, will be forgotten, and buildings, given time, will crumble to nothing but piles of dust and rubble. And even that eventually, your very own descendants, your family, will for get the forebearer of their name.

    • Word count: 340
  21. Why do humans need comic book heroes and villains, and what can be learnt from them?

    finally getting the girl, and at the same time saving the world from the menacing clutches of villains with predictable names such as Boomerang, Beetle and Venom. Another example of a double persona is Batman, an adept and streamlined fighter of crime in secret, but a wealthy harmless millionaire to the public, and of course the entire X-men team, who run a day school for 'gifted' mutant children whilst at the same time secretly using their amazing powers to fight for equality between humans and mutants.

    • Word count: 1892
  22. “People are more interesting than events. I like books that present fascinating charachters” - This Boy’s Life

    They got to Salt Lake City. They found no uranium. What they did find was Roy. Yet again, they leave in a hurry to escape Roy. This time escaping to Seattle. They lived in Seattle, and Wolff enjoys his stay there. Roy does not find them, to rosemary and Wolff's delight. Now in Seattle Wolff has a new enemy, Marion. Marion sees straight through Wolff and can tell his kind a mile away. The dislike is mutual though, because Wolff is not too keen on her, but is scared of her: "Her arm's were as thick as a man's" Marian

    • Word count: 1427
  23. How does Sue Townsend depict Adrian Mole in “The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole?”

    He refers to people such as Barry Kent, as "rough" considering himself to be of a better upbringing. Being the average teenager Adrian is very insecure about his looks. He refers to pimples and spots as "boils" and often thinks that a bout of lovemaking could make it better. This is typical of a teenage boy, as they are usually intrigued by sex and the female anatomy. This doesn't grow any better, as they get older though! One of his new years resolutions was... "I will stop squeezing my spots" It is very frustrating for Adrian as he is "in love" with Pandora, a girl of the same age.

    • Word count: 583
  24. A Historian must combine the rigour of a mathematician with the imagination of an artist. To what extent, then, can historians be confident about their conclusions?

    The Literary Digest conducted a poll in 1936 to determine the result of the U.S Presidential election, which was greatly in favour of the Republican candidate Alf Landon. However "the error arose largely because of biases that caused wealthy people to be over represented in the poll.1" This shows that historians will be mislead in situations where some stones may be left unturned. It is decisive that historians work through all their facts and gather views from all directions to enable them to have a much broader perspective of this event.

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  25. Holiday of a Lifetime

    This airport was by far the largest airport I had ever been in. We checked in and everything was perfect. We went round to all the duty-free shops because we had time to kill for our flight to Orlando was not scheduled for another hour. About three-quarters of an hour later my Dad went to the reception area just to check everything was alright. It was a good job that he did go because the plane had been delayed for another two hours.

    • Word count: 1339

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