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    Plot-Construction of Pride and Prejudice

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    Her novels exclude the lower classes-both the industrial masses of the big cities and the agricultural labourers in the countryside. Three or four families in the country village is the very thing to work on. She does not show any of the great agonies or darker side of human experience. There is no hunger, poverty, misery or terrible vices and very little of the spiritual sphere of experience. Nor do we see any political dimension or even discussions regarding major political happenings in any of her novels.

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  2. Contextual Factors in Pride and Prejudice(TM) influence the characters. Do you agree?

    This can be shown in chapter 8, where Miss Bingley mock Elizabeth's behaviour and her family. Miss Bingley begins by stating, "I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl," to give the impression of being caring and thoughtful and continues to say, "I wish with all my heart she were well settled. But with such a father and mother and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it." In this quote, Miss Bingley conveys fact as an opinion which she uses to try and manipulate her brother's views.

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  3. Pride and Prejudice

    Pride, this word can mean many things, from a group of lions to an opinion. The meaning of pride in relation to this book is the state of being proud or a high opinion of one's own dignity. It can also mean pleasure or satisfaction in having done something to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself. In Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy is seen to be very proud, quite rightly so when you take a look at his achievements, but he is seen as being prejudice towards people less fortunate than him, such as the Bennett's and other people in the village.

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  4. Morals and Manners in Jane Austen

    Indeed, Jane Austen's characters generally follow the protocol or social code of her time. Throughout her novels, characters refer to each other as Mr. and Miss, even when they know each other well. For example, Mrs. Smith calls Anne "Miss Elliot" while Anne refers to her as "Mrs. Smith", despite their having known each other for a long time and being good friends. Characters also bow and curtsey to acknowledge each other and speak correctly and with decorum: The manners of Jane Austen's time are constantly present in her novels which can lead us to believe that she thinks these manners are important.

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  5. Is Northanger Abbey truly a Gothic Romance?

    In the Gothic Novel there are predominant features which recur time and time again. One of the most important aspects of a Gothic novel is its heroine. Typical heroines are always beautiful, pure, innocent and intelligent. They partake in many activities, are musical, artistic and creative. In The Mysteries of Udolpho, Emily, the heroine is described as having a "delicacy of features". The heroine exudes grace, and tenderness. In Northanger Abbey however, Catherine is the antithesis of the typical heroine. In the opening paragraph Austen states that Catherine's 'person and disposition were equally against her'.

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  6. How does Hardy present his characters in the first ten chapters? To focus on Michael Henchard, Susan Henchard, Elizabeth Jane Henchard and Donald Farfrae.

    The young man is being built up - in keeping with the stereotype of his appearance -as headstrong and possible volatile. His wife's meek behaviour as she walks alongside him, "she kept as close to his side as was possible without actual contact" implies his potentially violent nature and her subservience. The reader's sympathies are inclined towards her mild and pathetic persona, as she appears lonely beside her baby to whom she evidently adores; "If any word were to be uttered...whisper of the woman to the child."

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  7. How does Arthur Miller present the relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible?

    Most of Act Two is to do with how Elizabeth and John Proctor's Relationship is going on. Well in that act it isn't going that well as it started with some suspicion which grew until Reverend Hale was introduced later in the play. John Proctor criticises her four times in the opening of the act. Firstly John criticises her by altering the taste of the rabbit to his liking without telling her. In the narrative it says 'Then he lifts out the ladle and tastes. He is not quite pleased.' Secondly he criticises her, it's when she doesn't provide the cider to him.

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  8. The Crucible: How is tension created and maintained between John and Elizabeth, and how does their relationship change?

    Most of all Miller explores the difference of relationships between now and then. We see how a lack of communication leads to mistrust and can soon break down a relationship in John and Elizabeth's relationship. At the beginning of the play Abigail and other girls are caught dancing nakedly with Tituba and it is assumed they are working for the Devil. They admit to it and so their lives are spared but they also accuse others of being witches. Abigail, who had an affair with John, still has feelings for him and so she accuses Elizabeth, John's wife, of being a witch.

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  9. What is the dramatic significance of Act 2 to the play as a whole? Act 2 begins in the house of the Proctor's. John has just come in from a long day working on the fields

    Francis Nurse and Giles Corey enter the house in what seems a desperate panic. Telling the Proctor's their wives have been arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. The Proctors are shocked, but as the scene is delved into even more, they get into even deeper shock. Two court officials, "Cheever and Herrick" arrive; with a warrant for Elizabeth's arrest. The two officials search the house for a poppet. Its found shortly after with a needle inserted in its side. The officials believe this is sufficient evidence to arrest Elizabeth, as Abigail had accused Elizabeth of using her spirit to stab her with a needle.

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  10. Explain how each of the 4 settings has a profound effect on the characters in the novel. Each of the 4 settings in the novel persuasion by Jane Austen holds a profound effect and

    Similarly the truth of the Elliot family's financial crisis, in the novel They decide that he must "retrench" by seriously cutting back on his expenditures if he is to get out of the large debt he has accrued. Lady Russell argues that such cuts will in no way lessen Sir Walter's standing in the eyes of sensible people since "Kellynch Hall has respectability in itself, which cannot be affected by these reductions." Yet, Sir Walter will not hear of altering his lifestyle so significantly.

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  11. The Character of Emma in Jane Austen's Emma: How she has a "mind delighted with its own ideas".

    Emma is a novel about the "social significance of courtship and marriage" (Schorer in Lodge 1978:173). The novel revolves around Emma, a clever, handsome heiress who lives with her widowed father. Emma goes against the preconceived notions of women in the Victorian times in that she does not need to marry or become a governess because of her social class (Neale in Cookson & Loughrey 1988:60). Throughout the novel, we see that Emma 'has a mind delighted by its own ideas'.

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  12. Using Chapters 23, 24 and 25 Write an Analysis of the Using Chapters 23, 24 and 25 Write an Analysis of the Character of Frank Churchill

    Frank's relationship with Emma reveals another purpose of Frank Churchill's character; it raises the issue of prejudice. In this case, Emma is prejudiced in favour of Frank. Emma takes deep interest in Frank both before and during his stay, which lies in the fact that Frank is equal to her in "age, character and condition" and because he is also the step-son of her beloved childhood governess, Mrs Weston, therefore " he seemed by this connection to quite belong to her."

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  13. Explore Jane Austen's approach to the character Emma in the novel of the same name. What are the effects of social, historic and cultural influences upon Emma's development?

    Due to her mother's death and her sister's marriage she is the mistress of her house, which in her time was the main objective of a woman's life, so Emma having achieved this status so early in her life is regarded as being superior to other females. Austen is suggesting that she is a victim of her ' indulgent father's affection and being so well thought of within her community, furthermore having encountered no source of criticism from her father or governess regarding her behaviour, has prevented her recognising and therefore correcting her imperfections.

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  14. By comparing the two acts in which the relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor is particularly highlighted (Acts 2 and 4); explore the ways in which Arthur Miller dramatically presents the changing nature of their relationship.

    Miller shows this through the couple's conversation which is very superficial and contains of lots of pauses and silences. For example, at the start of the scene Proctor does not quite know what to say to Elizabeth and so tries to avoid awkwardness by making small talk "Pray now for a fair summer". At the start of act 2, the audience can also feel the lack of intimacy between John and Elizabeth; this is presented by Miller through John's actions when he enters the scene.

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  15. Thinking about Attitudes in Austen.

    3. Why is it important that Frank should visit his new stepmother, the ex-Miss Taylor? It is important that Frank should visit his new stepmother as it suggests that he approves of the marriage between Miss Taylor and Mr Weston. If Frank does not visit his stepmother and father, then he would be implying that he does not find Miss Taylor to be a suitable or appropriate match for his father. This would be a grave insult to both Miss Taylor and his father. 4. Why does Jane Fairfax need to work as a governess?

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  16. Discuss the significance of the chapter titles of the novel in regard to theme in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club.

    The chapter is mainly focusing on the human needs to be surrounded with feelings of familiarity; the reason the club was founded in America. Scar is the title of the second chapter. As a representation of the sequences in the chapter, the title gives us a good basis as of what to expect in the chapter. For example, a scar is the result from someone receiving a deep wound. This is the case as the plot in this part of the book is about a little girl who gets burnt, has a mother who left her, and whom she eventually sees again.

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  17. The society of Jane Austen's time and period, being early nineteenth century rural England, marriage was seen as a reflection of social status.

    Whereas Isabella Knightley seems like the only woman devoted to her family. She is slow and diffident compared to Emma. Her domesticity provides a contrast to the independence Emma imagines for herself. Yet when Jane compares her work as a governess to the slave trade, "I did not mean, I was not thinking of the slave-trade," replied Jane; "governess-trade, I assure you, was all that I had in view; widely different certainly as to the guilt of those who carry it on; but as to the greater misery of the victims, I do not know where it lies."

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  18. Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Woodhouse Analysis.

    Her actions are therefore not only more harmful to others but also more conscious and deliberate. Though she may, like her father, be acting out of good intentions, she is fully aware of the ways in which she manipulates. Emma not only sees that she is molding Harriet's weaker mind, she understands how best to do it. If awareness makes her more responsible for her actions than the fumbling Mr. Woodhouse, it also increases the distance she has to fall when she acts irresponsibly.

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  19. Focusing primarily on the first five chapters of "Emma" discuss how Jane Austen gains and retains the readers interest.

    Jane Austen wrote six novels, which have all become classics, her books give us an insight into social behaviour and lifestyle and the importance of social status. Jane Austen links the society in which she was living to the characters in her novels, she depicts her own family in her books Cassandra her sister and beloved friend could have given Harriet some of her qualities, her brother Edward had an impact on the snobby clergyman Mr Elton. The first chapters of the novel introduce us to the central characters with the memorable opening lines describing Emma's attributes "Handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition".

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  20. What Warnings Does Jane Austen offer About the Moral Dangers of Persuasion?

    It is morally wrong for Sir Walter to do this because of the after effects it has on Anne, it is not right for him to make her feel like this. The book states; 'Anne, with elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people of real understanding, was nobody with either father or sister: her word had no weight; her convenience was always to give way' she was only Anne.'

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  21. "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?

    As Don Salvador is to t�� Barret earlier on in the novel, the huertanos are to Batiste. Perhaps Blasco is suggesting that in life we all have obstacles we must face. Batiste, in breaking the land boycott laid down by the huertanos is protesting against a law, he is doing what he must do in order to maintain his family's welfare, in my opinion Blasco wants us to respect him for this. Despite his extreme determination and effort his protests turn out to be all in vain because by the end of the novel, the farmer and his family are

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  22. Jane Austen - Emma"I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like" How does this comment by Jane Austen fit with your reading of her presentation of Emma?

    As readers we would usually expect the heroine of the story to be the most courageous, clever or perhaps even the most blasphemous. They usually have an attribute that sets them apart from everyone else. In this book though, Emma is mainly a figure of fun. We see the gradual humiliation of self-conceit through a long succession of disasters - serious in effect, but written comically throughout. The disasters occur through Emma's absurdities, her snobberies, her intrinsic honesty and her misdirected mischievous conduct.

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  23. Jane Austen (1775 -1817) Emma (1816) Jane Austen wrote of 'Emma'; "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." Do you agree with Austen's appraisal of Emma?

    At this point, at the beginning of the book, you do actually feel sorry for Emma, as she is now left 'on her own', however your views soon change. She is very 'full of herself' to a quite annoying point, which is probably as Jane Austen intended her to be, even if it was for her enjoyment only. As she describes " the Woodhouses were first in consequence there. All looked up to them," about Highbury, (the village in which she lives).

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  24. The Half Brothers

    Her life just seemed to have stopped for a while. Death is never a good thing in any case and is always painful, especially when someone close to your heart dies. You feel as if a part of you has been taken away from you and that's exactly what happened to the mother that lost her dear child. The narrator's mother had no one else left except her older sister Fanny who always tried to give her hopes of living, especially after the death of her husband and child.

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  25. The presentation of speech and thought in Pride and Prejudice

    In addition, Mr. Bennet?s question ? ?Of what you are talking???could be an ironic remark. It obviously suggests that he does not want to understand his wife through uncovering of what she was saying. Likewise, his next question ??And what am I to do on the occasion??? is similar meant there is nothing he could do or wanted to do to change Elizabeth?s decision. Furthermore, at the beginning of the first chapter in the novel Mr.Bennet and His wife are introduced without any additional interpretation of the narrator, the reader could easily catch these two characters? most striking features according to their dialogue.

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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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