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  1. An exploration of Jane Austen's use of the outdoors in Emma

    She has, for nearly all her life, been confined to Hartfield and its grounds, and is snobbish and disdainful towards those in closer contact with nature - Mr Martin, a farmer and Harriet's suitor, and the gypsies who harass Harriet when she takes a country path. Mr Knightley on the other hand, is to a certain extent the book's voice of reason, and has a less fanciful and more practical attitude towards nature, with tasteful grounds and farmland. Outdoor settings are also used to characterise romantic relationships in Emma and to some extent in some of Austen's other novels.

    • Word count: 4029

    In 'The God of Small Things, Ammu has fallen from her elite 'caste', and has to act recklessly to secure her own sanity and safety. She breaks away from her restricted, abused and bullied life by marrying outside her caste and religion. While in 'Persuasion', Anne arms her heart with a shield of dense melancholy. Anne has had to reject the love of her life, Captain Wentworth, because her father, Sir Walter, considers Wentworth to be a "nobody", not a "gentleman", "without alliance", and views the union between Anne and Wentworth to be a "degrading" affair. Anne experiences emotional suffering.

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  3. Do you believe that Austen's final title; Pride and Prejudice is a more appropriate than the first title, First Impressions? Discuss.

    She cannot understand why he has had the past he has, when "his very countenance may vouch for" him "being amiable." It shows how people were viewed very directly by others often for incorrect reasons. Austen shows us here that maybe her society at the time judged people on the wrong things, instead of how kind or giving you were, you were judged on the size of your estate and your relations when actually this should not be the case.

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  4. How does Jane Austen present the themes of love and marriage in the novel Emma?

    Emma tries to take credit for the marriage claiming she matched Miss Taylor and Mr Weston. "And you have forgotten one matter of joy to me, said Emma, and a very considerable one - that I made the match myself. I made the match, you know, four years ago; and to have it take place, and be proved in the right, when so many people said Mr Weston would never marry again, may comfort me for anything." Emma says this to Mr Knightly and her father about the marriage of Miss Taylor and Mr Weston.

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  5. The encounter in 'Enemies'

    Her relationship with Alfred is that of master and servant with her being the dominant power. The fact that she was dominant over a male servant, even though there was general oppression against all blacks in the apartheid era, is an inverse upon the social norm of sexism, we actually do not see her beneath the authority of any male within the whole story.

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  6. Textual Readings

    By the final page however, my liking of the story had dramatically improved. It is said that in order to enjoy Emma, one must descend deeper into the story, beyond what I saw as petty nonsense. As Reginald Ferrar (Website 1) displays, "until you know the story, you are apt to find the movement dense, slow and obscure, difficult to follow, and not very obviously worth the following." On the surface, Emma basically consists of scheming, gossip and trivial, over exaggerated quarreling.

    • Word count: 4025
  7. Madame Bovary and Techniques in Fiction

    Beginnings The beginning of the novel Charles is in school but is held back. It is not if it is the most horrific, or a quiet pleasurable moment in his life, but it would be the most rememberable moment in his life because he is at a school away from his family and he would be ridiculed consistently. At first, it seems as if Flaubert is starting from the beginning of Charles life because all the focus is on him but once he marries Emma, it is all about her.

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  8. The Mayor of Casterbridge - Chapter Summaries

    As Michael drinks, the villagers wonder about the sailor and the woman's spirit. Michael says that he will never take his wife back, and begins to fall asleep in the tent. Eventually, the other villagers depart, leaving Michael there to sleep off his drunken state. Analysis: The setting of the novel reflects the emotions of the characters. On the way to Weydon-Priors, nature is in a state of decay. The road is surrounded by clouds of dirt; the dirt obscures any radiance that the grass might have; the leaves and the trees are rotting.

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  9. Comment on how Jane Austen sets the scene and introduces themes and characters in Chapter 1.

    However, the voice of the narrator gently seems to criticize Emma. Jane Austen has sufficiently aroused our interest so that we want to know more about the characters. David Lodge states "Jane Austen's opening is classical: lucid, measured, objective, with ironic implication concealed beneath the elegant velvet glove of the style. The first scene subtly sets up the heroine for a fall. This is to be the reverse of the Cinderella story. Emma is a princess who must be humbled before she finds true happiness."

    • Word count: 3838
  10. Argue that the theory of common sense structures provides an important and hitherto unappreciated link between early Gestalt psychology on the one hand and contemporary developments in philosophy and in artificial intelligence research on the other.

    What will be surprising to those who are acquainted mainly with the standard artificial intelligence literature on the topic of naive or commonsensical physics is the extent to which it is among the Gestalt psychologists, above all, that some of the most important and original work in this respect is to be found. Indeed one could argue that the Gestalt-theoretical approach to external reality is in its entirety a variety of naive physics, something which is brought out clearly for example in the pronouncements of Wolfgang K�hler to the effect that there seems to be `a single starting point for psychology, exactly as for all the other sciences: the world as we find it, na�vely and uncritically'.

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  11. World Literature Paper: One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    The novel is the history of the founding, development, and death of a human settlement, Macondo, and of the most important family in that town, the Buendias. In following the historical narrative of these two elements we are confronted, as we are in any great epic, with a picture of how at a particular moment in human civilization a particular group of people has organized its life. This is in fact a similar idea and issue in The Odyssey. Like many other epics, this novel has connections with a particular people's historical reality.

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  12. Discuss the Relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor and its Presentation. In What Ways Do the Characters Reflect and Further the play's Themes.

    In this act, the relationship between Abigail and John is brought to light. In Act 2, we see John and Elizabeth together. At the beginning of this act, they are very far apart, emotionally and physically, and by the end, they are emotionally closer, yet not physically, as Elizabeth is taken away. With Act 3, the courtroom scene, John and Elizabeth are now physically together. However, Judge Danforth creates tension in the courtroom by only allowing Elizabeth to look directly into his eyes.

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  13. The various portrayals of heroines in Jane Austen's novels as well as investigate, who is a heroine and what makes a heroine.

    To many she is a typical conventional heroine showing courage, strength as well as exuberance and energy. But also, as a central female character Elizabeth was quite new. Her lively conversations with Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley shows this. As do her energetic walks through the countryside without thought of social decorum 'No , indeed. I do not wish to avoid the walk. The distance is nothing.' (78) She breaks away from the convention of the vulnerable, but noble minded heroines seen in novels by Fanny Burney such as Cecilia written in 1782. Elizabeth departs quite startlingly from the Burney ideal. She is far from silent, frequently openly challenging to accepted authority, and contemptuous of current decorum's.

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  14. Jane Austen said of Emma 'she is a character who no-one but myself will much like.' Examine the idea of Emma as a likeable character.

    It's in this chapter 43 where she finds miss bates dull, but to say those things in her society would be frowned upon. However in certain times of the book I find Emma to be too full of her and should learn how to respect others. Although generally my opinion of Emma would be that I like her and the character she is, is believable as her characteristics are found in all of us. Even if the book may portray the other characters in another way not showing the reader what they are truly like so we cant judge Emma's actions against theirs.

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  15. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - "love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by therules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. "

    The place provides her with no spiritual strength and satisfaction, as she lives under constant containment and complete mercy of the Reed family. Mrs. Reed and her two unattractive daughters in some ways resemble the wicked stepmother and stepsisters in Cinderella. Mrs. Reed treats Jane as a stepchild instead of a niece and often sides with her children even if Jane is right. For example, when Jane is reading a book about birds and secretly wants to be able to fly away from all the bad things at Gateshead, John came and condemns her for reading "his" books.

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  16. The Overnight Visit.

    I stood in the hall. In front of me was a beautiful dark staircase. It was very broad and had a red coloured carpet going up the centre. You could see the upstairs rooms through the wooden railings that protected anyone walking on the landing, from falling to the ground floor. The hall was bare, apart from a small table with a telephone on it. The carpet in the hall stopped a few inches from the skirting board and I could see an old dark wooden floor.

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  17. What Comparisons and/or Contrasts can be made between the two short stories, ''Horse Sense'' and ''The Three Sisters''?

    Jane Austen uses the superlative to emphasise on the happiness Mary supposedly feels. When Jane Austen writes about how happy Mary feels she is using irony. Mary does not really feel the happiest creature, more like the unhappiest creature because she only wants to marry Mr Watts to be triumphant over her sisters and receive lots of money and have more status in society. Mary has no affection towards Mr Watts and she does not realise her marriage will not be very successful if she dislikes him so much.

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  18. Compare the relationships of the two sets of sisters from Howard’s End by E.M Foster and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

    At the end of the novel Charles gets sent to prison for 3 years from killing Leonard Bast. Their second child is Paul the youngest son, who travels to Nigeria to make his fortune after he shares a passionate kiss and brief romance with Helen Schlegel. The youngest of the three children is Evie who is a self centred, petulant girl. Evie marries to Charles uncle in law at the young age of 18. The second family in the novel is the Schlegels. The Mother and the Father of Margaret, Helen and Theobald (Tibby) Schlegel are both dead in the novel right from the beginning.

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  19. Essay Comparing Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ to Adeline Yen Mah’s ‘Falling Leaves’.

    pretend what was proper on her arrival" This shows the lack of affection the family members feel for each other, and although Anne is never particularly close to her father or elder sister, they seem to grow further apart during the few months they are separated, while Anne remains at Uppercross, as they establish themselves in different circles and seem to find it difficult to speak of mutual topics afterwards, so conversation consists almost invariably of that discussing Mr Elliot.

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  20. English coursework- Are the marriages of Mary and Teresa for love or convenience

    This is because of their society. Their parents also influence them. Mary's mother is putting pressure on Mary, Mrs Stanhope tells Mary to make a quick decision and if she does not, Mr.watts will address his proposals to either one of her sisters. She says: "...if you do not give him your final answer tomorrow when he drinks tea with us, he intends to pay his address to Sophy." Mrs Stanhope tells Mary that the decision to marry Mr.Watts 'does not' rest with Mary, as he will marry a sister if she does not give a quick reply.

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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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