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AS and A Level: Jane Austen

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  1. Examine the portrayal of the black community in Stamps- Arkansas. In what ways does it present life as being positive or negative and how is this reflected in the language?

    There is a lot of community spirit, though as it is so 'close- knit' and so people help each other to live and prosper. One example of this is momma, who extends free credit to all her customers and lets them pay it back when they have the cash, even though it could take months. As momma lets them buy their lunch or vittles on trust, it means that the pickers can at least have better lives in the short term as they have food and drink to get them through their long day.

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  2. ‘The reader’s response to Emma is often a mixture of sympathy and impatience. Select two episodes and discuss them in regards to this statement’

    Although Harriet is the 'natural daughter of somebody,' Emma feels that she can use Harriet as her project. Emma implores Harriet to disregard her romance with Mr. Martin and tells her that Robert Martin is below her and that she must disassociate herself from any connection that would lower her status further and feels that 'if she were not taken care of, she might be required to sink herself for ever.' When Harriet actually gets proposed to by Mr. Martin, Emma is able to manipulate Harriet into making what Emma feels is the right decision.

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  3. Pride and Prejudice

    Charlotte is in the situation that many women in the nineteenth century ended up in. She is plain and not very forward when in the company of men. Never before has anyone asked for her hand in marriage and she is beginning to wonder if they ever will. Her family are beginning to worry because they are a middle class family with no wealth that could be given to Charlotte should she end up 'an old maid'. Instead if Charlotte never gets married she will have to live with one of her siblings (if they will have her)

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  4. How does Jane Austen portray pride in the novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’

    This would suggest how flirtatious Lydia and Catherine are. Another quotation to suggest this would be: "I am astonished that you should be so ready to think your own children are silly". This is written in Caroline Bingley's letter to Mr Bennet. A second example of this is the way Mrs Bennet talks to Mr Darcy, because of holding a grudge against him when he first arrived at Longbourn (Darcy would dance with no-one but the Bingley sisters, either because the weren't pretty enough or of a lower class).

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  5. How does Michael Henchard Suggest Lucetta Is Shallow where does she come from?

    She soon leaves after she made a proposal about Elizabeth coming to stay with her. Elizabeth accepted the offer and soon she had moved in with Lucetta. The story continues from there. Lucetta's antics begin at chapter twenty one. She begins to show us how shallow she is when she hears her servant showing a visitor into the room. Lucceta decides to put on a little show for a visitor " she flung herself onto the couch in the cymarecta curve with her arm above her brow." She puts herself into a curved position to make her self look irresistible to any visitor who may happen to step up to her quarters.

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  6. 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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  7. Collins’ Proposal

    He is lacking in manners as he simply invites himself to stay without asking the Bennets to see if they mind, but at the same time he is obsequious, as he is over-apologetic and likes to flatter. After reading the letter to the rest of the family Mr Bennet mocks Mr Collins, and it appears that the only reason he wants to meet him is so that he can mock him further. Mr Bennet realises that although Mr Collins seems to be polite and gracious, he finds his formality amusing and knows that he is actually proud and self-obsessed.

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  8. Write and Essay That Explores Your Family’S Legacy By Giving an Account of Several Memories That Have Been Crucial To Your Families Sense of Identity and Values.

    These memories of the "old times" can really bring together or apart the structure of a family. This essay will discuss how my family has created their own unique identity with memories of change, struggle and happiness. One memory that can be recalled is how I am here in Stamford. My mother explained to me the struggle of immigrating from Haiti into Canada. "But that's only the half of it," she said. While in Canada my mother and father decided to try and make a living in the United States. They chose the town of Stamford, CT where I still reside.

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  9. 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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  10. Suspense in The Whole Town’s Sleeping by Ray Bradbury and A Terribly Strange Bed by Wilkie Collins

    Lavinia Nebbs still goes out despite advise given to her by her friends and the fact that there is a mystery murderer on the loose "won't catch me out on no night like this, not with the lonely one strangling women lock myself in with my gun" said Grandma Hanlon. As well as taking risks both Monsieur Faulkner and Lavinia Nebbs are very stubborn, Monsieur Faulkner would not go with his friend "For heaven's sake" I said to my friend "Let us go somewhere where we can see little genuine blackguard, poverty-stricken gaming".

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  11. Story after a Bong

    Zoe is speaking in a loving tone into a small, black and blue piece of plastic. Tonight is the night that will solve it all, creating nameless faces in a giant sea of happiness. Elves will come forth and destroy our masters, raining acid, fiery ruthlessness. And in the world where Jamie and all of my friends live they are constantly striving for these answers and I, as their master will guide them into eternity and beyond. The journey is long and treacherous but their desire and passion for the answers to these questions will give them enormous power and strength.

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  12. The Importance of Class in Emma

    She also encourages Harriet to transform into an image of Emma. This is very interesting for Emma and educational for Harriet so this relationship seems to benefit one another. Emma encouraged her talkativeness- amused by such a picture of another set of beings and 1 2 enjoying the youthful simplicity which could speak with so much exultation (Austen 45). Emma's tendencies and attentions just pull Harriet away from her rightful social class. Altogether she was quite convinced of Harriet Smith's being exactly the young friend she wanted- exactly the something which her home required (Austen 44).

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  13. An analysis of Coriolanus’s character and how pride is his main defect

    People are aware of his pride this is contradicted when he accepts a post as second in command for the Volscian war and in this position he is a good soldier and brilliant leader. Marcius accepted this position so that people could see him rise to the top. Marcius wanted none of the plunder but was very annoyed when people tried to get between him and his title of honour. This is very unlike Coriolanus who despises rewards, attention or glory the only thing he enjoys is the honour of war and what it stands for.

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  14. Anne Elliot: A Feminist Before Feminism

    proves that she does not fit the description. Anne also says she will not allow Harville to use quotes from literature to prove his point because men wrote them all, and it would only be another biased opinion reflecting the male point of view. So is Anne a feminist or not? She is a feminist. During a time when labeling a women a feminist was impossible, Anne defied female stereotypes and began to behave as what we would call a feminist.

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  15. Religion in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary

    Father Bournisien, on the other hand, is an oblivious, one-dimensional representation of middle-class religion who fails to tend to the needs of his parishioners. In light of Emma's desperate pleas for help, the onerous priest interrupts with absurd statements: "Only this morning, I had to go over to Bas-Diauville about a cow that was bloated; they thought it was bewitched." (Flaubert 90) Bournisien serves to represent the progressive atrophy of Christian values and ideals in a small bourgeoisie provincial setting.

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  16. Old Man Asleep

    A similarity shared by all three of the poems is that they deal with old age. Elizabeth Jennings talks about the house ridden, helpless old aged person, whilst Jenny Joseph talks about the mobile pensioner who roams around. "Old Man Asleep" has no rhyming pattern, this is a point shared by Jenny Josephs "Warning". "Old Man Asleep" has a four-stanza structure and this is a similarity, which is shared by the other poems. "Old Man Asleep" has a morbid tone. It is dark as it talks about death, it provides a vague image of an old man because it does not use adjectives ands the reader cannot picture what the scene looks like.

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  17. “Sense perception is sense deception.” (Descartes)

    Our senses have certain limits that may help to deceive us. It is because of these limits we can experience things like "time-lag" and "illusions" and example of time lag could be when see a supersonic jet pass but only hear it a couple seconds later, and example of illusion would be the appearance of the sea being blue because it isn't actually blue, water is transparent. This applies to all our senses, by which I mean that they all have their own confines.

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  18. 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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  19. Had she intended ever to marry him, it might have been worthwhile to pause and consider, and try to understand the value of his preference, and the character of his temper. Discuss the significance of the relationship between Emma and Frank Churchill in the light of this comment.

    Emma?s view of his character is based on social class and his refined appearance, all the times she see?s him in a negative light she justify?s his behaviour. Austen writes; ?Had she intended ever to marry him?? which shows us that she was never considering marrying him, although they made the perfect match in terms of social class, Emma realised she was not too fond of his personality and values. Emma is in a privileged position in terms of social superiority and security and so she was never serious about marrying him.

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  20. Explore how the theme of marriage is presented in 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.

    Both novels portray the theme of marriage in different ways, it can be argued that Austen? flawless view of marriage which ?Pride and Prejudice? culminates in is unrealistic and a naive view of married life, one she never experienced.

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  21. Jane Austens Northanger Abbey depicts and enriches her readers with a better understanding of class relations

    In particular this came in new forms of innovation and education. Albeit that the influence of religion was still present and greatly felt within the classes of society many new opportunities in both work and education saw the veil continually being lifted of both the Church and the divine doctrine of providence. What came with this productivity and new work was an atmosphere that fostered a change on the classes. This change saw a greater sense of autonomy and individuality, what had once simply been a divide between the rich and poor or the bridge between monarch, nobles, and peasants had now started to include broader facets of life such as occupation, education, property and gender.

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  22. Women suffer as a result of being misjudged by men in both my core text, Pride and Prejudice and secondary text, The Yellow Wallpaper.

    Mrs Bennet suffers as a result of being mocked by Mr Bennet. ?How so? how can it affect them?? This reply from Mr Bennet to his wife Mrs Bennet is ironic. Austen has Mr Bennet using irony to draw attention to the stupidity of Mrs Bennet. We can tell that Mr Bennet is being ironic from his excessively polite answer to Mrs Bennet?s question.

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  23. 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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  24. Timeless Love in 'Pride and Prejudice'.

    Darcy. The marriage between Mr. Collins and Charlotte is a marriage of economic necessity. Neither Mr. Collins nor Charlotte love each other, essentially they are using each other as a means to end. What Mr. Collins wants is a wife to cook, clean and bare children for him; he looks at a wife as a necessity for his station in life; ?My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish. Secondly, that I am convinced it will add very greatly to my happiness; and thirdly -- which perhaps I ought to have mentioned

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  25. How successfully does Jane Austen use different styles of writing to convey a range of characters?

    Similarly, Mr. Collins?s long-winded speeches disclose his self importance which summarises his character perfectly, ?as I told Lady Catherine myself one day?. All of the characters come alive through dialogue, Mrs Bennet?s hysterical nature oozes from each sentence: ?Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied,? whereas Mr Bennet?s emotional detachment is presented along with his sarcastic nature, ?depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all.? Mrs Bennet?s only aim is to get her daughters married, yet Mr Bennet does not so

    • Word count: 1023

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