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  1. In this essay I will be exploring the ways in which Jane Austen uses different narrative voices in her novel, Pride and Prejudice, from pages 281 to 283.

    A letter can be used as a way of saying things that characters would not normally say in person because of the impersonal means of communication. Mr Collins usually finds himself with too much to say in some situations however, I do not feel that he would have expressed his feeling in the same way had he been in Longbourn; When Mr Collins visits the Bennet household for the first time he is interrupted by Lydia whilst reading to the family, he does not have a word of objection about this although you can tell that he is offended.

    • Word count: 830
  2. Pride and Prejudice

    Contrary to their mother's incessant nettling, four of the five Bennett sisters marry by the end of the book. Charlotte and Mr. Collins, Lydia and Wickham, Jane and Bingley, and Elizabeth and Darcy are the happily wedded couples in Pride and Prejudice. But are all of them really happy together? In fact, only one couple marries because they find true love. For this reason, Elizabeth and Darcy will be the happiest together. The couple's destined happiness is not at first evident. Elizabeth is a woman of lower social stature than Mr. Darcy. From the first time they meet, their feelings of distaste are mutual.

    • Word count: 613
  3. analysis of Pride and Prejudice

    Through the narrator, the reader sees Jane's reaction to Elizabeth's news telling us that she 'listened with astonishment and concern', pointing out Jane's concern for Mr Bingley, showing her fondness of him, worrying that he 'would have much to suffer when the affair became public'. Jane is being shown to the reader through free indirect speech while the narrator is still focalising, 'Jane listened with astonishment and concern;- she knew not how to believe that Mr. Darcy could be so unworthy of Mr.

    • Word count: 983
  4. comparison of jane austen's novels

    Therefore, we observe the white man intruding the African religion which is pregnant with superstitions, and steering them towards destruction in a way that they feel it is a natural process. The Christian religion brings with itself a strong government and peaceful trade. The people become more prosperous and the white men started gaining converts. Specifically, after the church of Mr. Kiaga survives on the Evil Forest for over twenty-eight days, they won a handful more converts. Moreover, for the first time, they comprised of a woman named Nneka, the wife of Amadi.

    • Word count: 631
  5. pride and prejudice long essay

    For example, the first line of the novel, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife," (Austen pg. 5) mocks some of the superficial ideas of the society, such as marriage occurring for financial security instead of love and respect. If this statement was read literally, it would mean, 'everyone knows that a single rich man must want a wife.' However the ironic narrative voice allows the sentence to work on a much deeper level and therefore satirise these aspects of human behaviour.

    • Word count: 990
  6. Free essay

    Jane Austen's Realism

    She is so detached from and fair to her creatures that never for a moment the temptation to blur their outlines overtakes her. While depicting her characters she rarely introduces herself as Fielding had done and Meredith was to do. The dialogues and actions are not the result of her subjective interpretation; they have been recorded directly from life. Although here and there her point of view may find vent through some single character yet her impersonality is well accentuated throughout.

    • Word count: 800
  7. "Discuss two chapters in which Emma(TM)s emotions and thoughts are used to engage readers"

    The short phrases broken up with dashes and exclamation marks indicate her disturbed, irrational thought pattern. This engages readers in her activities because we empathise with her in wondering what she can possibly do to resolve the situation. This chapter can be called Emma's "Nadir", the lowest emotional frame of mind she has encountered so far. However, it is clearly a key moment in her bildungsroman enlightenment. For the first time, Emma seems to see things clearly. She has the dawn of realisation that she is not infallible and has made a huge mistake through her own ignorance which has caused trouble not only for herself, but also for Harriet.

    • Word count: 843
  8. How does Austen tell the story in Chapter Three of Pride and Prejudice?

    Bennett's point of view on the matter since we know that this is the focus of her life. Her writing here shows us how domesticated the process of the ball is, that it is the most significant thing to happen in their lives. In terms of the viewpoint used, we are lead to feel that the world is very small, for example we are told that Darcy's character 'was decided.' However, we know it was only decided by the locals, and this is written in such a way that we feel as if the locals are the only people, and that their view on the world is the authorative view.

    • Word count: 844
  9. Short Novel Summary of Pride & Prejudice

    Darcy leaves that part of the country before she can sort out her feelings and make amends with him. Then she meets him again when she is touring the gardens of his estate with her aunt and uncle. Darcy treats her with kindness and she believes he may still love her, but before anything can be done about it, she learns that one of her younger sisters has shacked up with the very soldier who mislead Elizabeth and the rest of her family about Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth returns home immediately. When the indignity of her sister's shot-gun wedding is straightened out, Elizabeth is surprised that Darcy returns to the country with Bingley.

    • Word count: 800
  10. Discuss Chapter One of Pride and Prejudice

    Mrs Bennet can be seen as socially imposing in order to satisfy her and her families needs both materialistically and socially as with five daughters Mrs Bennet doesn't have the 'privilege' in being the mother of a son, a confirmation of fortune for when Mr Bennet deceases in order for the family to maintain their Longbourn household. Mrs Bennet's pride is further elaborated when she states, " it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them".

    • Word count: 855
  11. Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa If Alberto can be considered as the cadet with the most redeeming qualities and the one with the most positive character traits,

    When the cadets fall in for morning inspection, he gives the last three to fall in a choice. He gives them the choice between corporal punishment (right angles) or points (a punitive measure to restrict individual liberties). With each group he was just, "He told all of them. Take your choice". This gave the cadets a sense of independence to make up their minds for themselves, involving them in a decision making process normally absent in a military academy. His sense of fairness is also displayed towards his fellow officers.

    • Word count: 727
  12. jack the ripper assignment one

    Exactly 25 days later another female body was found dead 1050 yards from the Martha tabram murder. The woman was Mary Anne Nicholls she had been stabbed about 10 times, most of them to her throat. Just eight days later, Annie Chapman was found dead in Hanbury street. Her wounds were again to the throat and severely deep, she had also been stabbed heavily in her private parts which were removed, and also to her stomach.

    • Word count: 705
  13. comparing the way 2 writers; Graham Swift (Chemistry) and Michelle Roberts (Your Shoes) manage to explore the feelings and emotions characters in their story experience

    However, 'Your Shoes' already involves the reader and seems to pursue them on 2 different levels. One the one hand, it suggests a variation in relationships and viewing things from another's perspective. This suggests that the person in this story feel strongly about the topic to such an extent they are even leaving their own way of thinking. Another interpretation is that the 'Shoes' are a metaphor for the missing girl. This would show the extreme emotion held for the girl in that the mother is literally holding onto her memory by personifying something as literal as a pair of shoes.

    • Word count: 988
  14. Discuss how Jane Austen presents Emma in chapter twenty four and at one other point in the novel?

    Furthermore Emma possesses "the power of having rather to much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself". This quote from third person narration which is one of the key devices from the novel foreshadows that from this point on things will likely not go her way. Chapter sixteen is written mainly in free indirect thoughts that Emma is having due to Emma's plan to get Harriet and Mr Elton together failing. "Such an overthrow of everything she had been wishing for.-Such a development of everything most unwelcome!-Such a blow for Harriet-That was the worst of all".

    • Word count: 968
  15. Is your sense of perception or interpretaton of events more likely to mislead you into acquiring true knowledge?

    Therefore, if one of these is wrong, then the goal of acquiring true knowledge is tantalized. Perception depends on senses, and senses depends on the environment, health etc. In a case where I was in my room one night, playing a video game in the dark, I had a strange sensation I wasn't the only one in the room so I started looking around to see if this sensation was true. At that moment, I thought my sensation had been justified by the looks of long thing object lying under my bed.

    • Word count: 962
  16. animal & human sensory perception

    Humans have developed a body that appears to be fit to allow an equal distribution of skill in each of our five senses; other species of living organisms perform better in different senses. The consequences of performing differently in a different sense are what determine one's ability to gain a certain type of information. It is scientifically proven that dogs can hear sounds at frequencies inaudible to the human ear. It is also known that their noses can perform up to 150 times superior to the human nose. So?

    • Word count: 558
  17. Memory of my childhood

    She's youngest." Mother said. "Where are we on the map now?" "I WANT IT NOW!" Emma said. "I don't know; look for yourself, Mother said, "Now give Emma the game boy Naz." "Can't you all just be quiet? I'm trying to read." I shouted angrily. "Don't you speak to me like that young lady" That was the reaction I got from both of my parents as I asked them to keep the noise down. We hadn't moved from this spot for 2 hours. And it was Emma's turn on the Game Boy. And I only wanted to play it to get on Emma's nerves.

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  18. 'The Knightley brothers embody all that is good in society. They are well-meaning characters who fulfil their responsibilities admirably, yet the reader may find them dull.'

    George Knightley has been a close friend of the family for almost all of his life, through land ownership: 'he lived about a mile from Highbury' and also through familial ties, being as he is, 'the elder brother of Isabella's husband.' Since the departure of Miss Taylor, Emma has been Mr Woodhouse's sole form of entertainment, and while he can find little complaint with that, for Emma it would no doubt become tiresome. Yet Mr Knightley visits frequently, with a warm welcome, as his cheering visits 'always did him [Mr Woodhouse] good'.

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  19. How effective is Jane Austen's characterization of Mrs Elton?

    though she is herself nouvelle riche and therefore available to be looked down upon by such historic families as the Woodhouses and the Knightleys. Mrs Elton is also, on a slightly darker side, a hideous caricature of Emma, whose only saving graces from comparison are her intelligence, subtlety and good taste. Their similarities are emphasised at various points throughout the novel, for example, when Mr Weston holds the ball at Randalls; Mrs Elton claims he is ' "no doubt giving this ball chiefly to do me honour" ', yet Emma 'had always considered the ball as peculiarly for her'.

    • Word count: 785
  20. Emma's first day at university

    She heard a quiet knock at the door. Emma approached the door; she opened it so it was just ajar, and then swung it fully open. There was a rather pale girl standing at the door, "Can I help you?" questioned Emma. Seconds after Emma had said that this girl pushed passed Emma as if she was not there. Emma was rather startled by this. The girl went over to the small corner table in Emma's room, and stared at it. She put her hand on the table, and started to move it, whoever this girl was she appeared to be looking for something.

    • Word count: 842
  21. In the novel 'Persuasion' by Jane Austin, letters convey the deep emotions of the characters, which cannot be portrayed in such a public manor as today. Firstly we come to Mary's letter.

    The sentence structure and language utilised in the letter also show off Mary's personality which again emphasises Austen's dislike for Mary and Mary's personality. 'I do not reckon the Haters as anybody' Many of the sentences drag on and there are many 'I''s in the letter. Mary through out the novel has had a tendency to project her own feelings regardless of others; many comments made by Mary have hurt or upset others. 'I know how little', 'I make no apology', I believe', 'I do not understand it', 'I have not heard', 'I think', Mary is portrayed as a disconcerned selfish and sometimes stupid.

    • Word count: 776
  22. Commentary: The Doctor's Wife Chapter 4

    In the next few lines, Ariyoshi uses more contrasting ideas, when Naomichi tells of Umpei's birth, of which he delivered with Otsugi in 'terrible pain' even though outside, it was a 'fine day' without a 'patch of cloud'. This contrast shows that there is always a silver lining on the other side after the rough patch, here, with the silver lining being the fine day and the rough patch being Otsugi's painful labour. Naomichi tells this story with very good memories, as he remembers the small details of Umpei's birth which he delivered himself.

    • Word count: 729
  23. Spartacus Breaking His Chains This nineteen century sixteen inch sculpture was created by Denis Foyatier. The sculpture is of Spartacus, a man who served as a leader in a revolt

    Curvature in the upper body is represented by the downward sloping arch visible across the shoulders and muscular arms. Another visible curve is the one in the opposite direction directly above the straight vertical line leading from the hips. His angled limbs lend interest to the objects in his clenched fists and the curvature of his muscles represents tenseness in his body. The tenseness of his muscles is a clear suggestion that Spartacus was about to or already performed some sort of movement.

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  24. How do you as a modern reader, respond to Austen's presentation of Mr. Knightley's guidance of Emma in the novel as a whole?

    We see him in many circumstances, (mostly) being calm, polite and sharp, never succumbing to rudeness. He is always pleasant and friendly towards Miss Bates, which shows the reader a very gentle side to him, even though many other characters get agitated with her rather easily. Austen also helps us understand how courteous and patient he is, whilst dealing with Mr. Woodhouse. He is a very annoying, infuriating man so by showing Mr. Knightley to be friendly and tolerant with him, helps us see what truly great qualities this man has.

    • Word count: 992
  25. In Emma Jane Austen exposes the limitations of the role of women in her society. Examine Austen's presentation of what is called in the novel, 'women's usual occupations of eye, and hand, and mind'.

    We have our main character Emma, who is a confused young lady, who refuses the idea of marriage under any case, in the first part of the novel. She is skilled as a gentlewoman to a certain extent, but has no worries of marrying, as the estate in which she lives in belongs to her. She is considered as a very desirable lady, having a high position, a lot of finance to back her up and a stunning face. Though she is attempting to join Mr.

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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?
  • "In Batiste's determination to continue the struggle lies the essence of Blasco Ibaez's optimism. La barraca is a novel of protest, not of hopelessness" (G. Cheyne). To what extent do you agree with this statement?

    "In conclusion, in my opinion the novel is one of protest and of hopelessness. Batiste does display great determination throughout the novel but the important fact to remember is that by the end of it, he has come back to where he started, with nothing. I believe that Blasco Ib��ez's displays nothing but pessimism for the factors that cause Batiste to fail in the Valencian lands. There is a sense all through the novel of hopelessness and I think that Blasco intended the reader to instinctually know that Batiste was not going to be able to protest or struggle enough in order to succeed against all of the obstacles put in his way."

  • Discuss how Jane Austen presents Emma in chapter twenty four and at one other point in the novel?

    "In conclusion Jane Austen allows the reader to perceive Emma in many different ways throughout these two chapters. In chapter sixteen Emma can either be seen as a real friend of Harriet's who is dreading having to tell her about how Mr Elton really feels "Such a blow for Harriet-That was the worst of all". On the other hand Emma could actually just be looking out for herself and thinking that if she has tell Harriet about her plan failing and that she is not always right. Chapter twenty four illustrates how Emma's fancy really gets out of hand and how she thinks what she wants to believe."

  • To what extent has the transformation of Emma into Clueless presented new ideas?

    "Conclusion Through the comparison of Austen's Emma and Heckerling's Clueless, new insight of the original text can be gained by the modern reader through examining the values inherent in the transformation. The two texts hence complement one another in contributing to the responder's overall understanding of how values transcend through time, as well as how new ideas can be expressed through the process of transforming a classic text into a modern text."

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