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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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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  4. Emma is a witty and intelligent woman, trapped in a society which is unable to fulfil her needs.'In the light of this quotation, explore Austen's presentation of Emma.

    by her status and underdeveloped mind to comprehend this; which makes her continue to interfere and hurt many people, without wishing or knowing shes doing so. Austen presents Emma in a very truthful and straightforward way, which helps the reader to understand Emma's imperfections, whilst also showing her slow, but fine development. For the most part of the novel, some would say that it was hard to spot the heroin qualities in Emma. She meddles on numerous occasions, swaying Harriet's mind on many events; Persuading her to decline Mr.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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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  7. The two characters of Ruby and Ada are brought to the reader of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier as an example of the strange and illogical way

    An image of the woman is immediately conjured in the reader's mind as being a lady of leisure and intelligence with time for worldly contemplation and art on her hands. Frazier allows the reader to view a passage from the letter she is writing to add a personal feel to the novel and to allow the reader to be not just a bystander, but included in this journey. This also gives Frazier an opportunity to reinforce the idea that Ada is a woman in control, using poetic language to express her innermost feelings.

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  8. How does Miler create a sense of tension and conflict between John and Elizabeth Proctor at the beginning of Act Two?

    Miller could have decided to include this piece of information in order to show the audience how Elizabeth is rarely in a good frame of mind - perhaps due to her failing marriage. John then proceeds to add further seasoning to the food that Elizabeth has already prepared. This action is one of many devices used demonstrating the lack of satisfaction and need for more within the marriage. When Elizabeth does eventually enter to meet John, Miller is quick to show through her first line of speech "What keeps you so late?

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  9. 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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  10. Does the character of Paul D challenge the view that Morrison is a feminist writer

    This is a view that would support the idea that Morrison was a feminist writer. Paul D is displayed as a strong character, and this strength is positive towards men as a whole. When he enters Sethe's house, 124, for the first time, he holds Sethe's breasts to take the weight of her "but for a while." This is symbolic of his manly strength relieving Sethe of the weight if her past. This causes Sethe to wonder whether there actually was a way to "Trust things and remember things" and if there was a way to confront her past.

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  11. Where do the characters get their strength from in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich?

    This dependency on food allows the authorities to keep the prisoners on a short leash. A prisoner without food would not survive very long, even if he has many other things to carry on for. The physical need for food is not a choice, and therefore it is a necessity. Bread is symbolic in the novel, for most of the prisoners it is simply nourishment, it also has religious meaning. Alyosha thinks of the bread as a form of religious sustenance. The Bible refers to bread as the flesh of Christ. To Alyosha, religion is his biggest source of strength.

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  12. Is it accurate to describe the world of 'Waiting for Godot' as futile and meaningless

    It is suggestive of a domestic, banal failure but also implies an acceptance and resignation over such a failure. The disappointment felt when there is nothing inside Estragon's boot evokes the idea of futility. Similarly the refrain implies that there is literally nothing for the characters to do and thus has associations with flatness and boredom and a search of what to do next. The characters often state their frustrations, which result from their boredom and thus struggle for new ways to keep themselves amused.

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  13. A Sense of Place in Austen's Pride and Prejudice

    Collins pointed out, with a rapturous air, the fine proportion and finished ornaments, they followed the servants.... In spite of having been at St. James's, Sir William was so completely awed by the grandeur surrounding him, that he had but just courage enough to make a very low bow, and take his seat without saying a word; and his daughter, frightened almost out of her senses, sat on the edge of her chair, not knowing which way to look. (p. 121) Sir William Lucas' intimidation at the enormity of his surroundings demonstrates perfectly the excessively extravagant nature of Rosings, a description which is maintained throughout this chapter and indeed the rest of the novel.

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  14. In what ways could the film Elizabeth be seen as drawing on and diverging from generic conventions?

    For example, Elizabeth's (Cate Blanchett) distinguished dress code and appearance - the large dress and pearls are similar to that seen in her portrait in the opening sequence of the film. Despite this, the audience is shown how Elizabeth looked before she rose to the throne in the sense she did not have her white face and bright ginger hair, but she was much more fragile and delicate. Elizabeth therefore challenges the idea that the queen was "hard" and "serious" by showing her in states of vulnerability, intimacy and playfulness.

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  15. Theme of Pride

    Darcy, the leading male character in the novel, possesses an ancient family name, magnificent estate, and a sizable fortune which may seem to contribute to his pride. But later on in the book, we learn that he is a generous master to his servants and tenants and a loving brother to his young sister Georgiana. He is responsible for so much: his sister, his family name, and his estate, Pemberley. Although seen as excessively proud in a negative way, Charlotte Lucas defends Darcy by saying that a man of his wealth and family background has a right to be proud.

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  16. 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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  17. The Usage of the Motif of Eyes to Illustrate Defiance, Effects ofRepression and Confinement, and Foreshadow in Federico Garcia Lorca's "TheHouse of Bernarda Alba"

    For instance, Adela, the youngest of all the daughters, once told on her sister, Angustias, "I saw her looking out through the cracks of the back door" (Lorca 166). Here, she was referring to Angustias spying on the men outside their house, which could also suggest that she is looking out from the boundaries that her mother had set. This is an act of rebellion against her mother because firstly, she is disobeying her, since she knows her mother disapproves of it, and secondly, she is aware that snooping around during her father's funeral is wrong, and perhaps even immoral.

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  18. Composed in three carefully rhymed stanzas, the poem can firstly seem an homage to the speakers skills in stitching a panel with tigers. However, a detailed reading reveals images and symbols that suggest a relation of oppression concerning Aunt Jennif

    She produces her tigers under his control, represented by "The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band [that] / Sits heavily upon [her] hand." Physically a wedding ring is light, but this one has a "massive weight" heavily sitting on her hand. These images construct an opposition between the couple: as a woman she has a creative force, but her husband, represented by the wedding ring, seems to control her initiative. In spite of his dominance, she embroiders tigers that "do not fear men."

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  19. My Own Worst Enemy

    She got being friends with two very popular normal girls, Lisle and Kristine. Yet she does not really like them though, because their behavior toward peoples around them is very cold. Eve's true self later was exposed to everyone at school, after Lisle surprisingly discovered how Eve Belkin's true self is really look like at home. Eve decided not to act or dress like someone else anymore, because she got enough of uncomfortable out from it, and beside, she said to herself why bothers being someone who is she's really hate. Therefore Eve started to be herself again by wearing her favorite comfy gray outfits to school.

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  20. 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.

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Elinor Represents the Sense and Marianne the Sensibility of the Novel's Title. Discuss.

    Elinor, commonly known throughout the novel as Miss Dashwood, was created by Austen to contrast with the heroines in most novels of the time, who were over-emotional characters, fainting at the slightest hint of trouble. Austen makes her heroine a strong, understanding, and cool figure "... which qualified her, though only nineteen to be the counsellor of her mother". Elinor takes over after her father dies so she has to be strong for the benefit of her mother and sisters. From this we can clearly see that she is the sense in the title. Austen also depicts Elinor as trustworthy.

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  24. 'In Emma Jane Austen presents a picture of an inward-looking community, limited in outlook.'

    Gossiping demonstrates the topics that enthral the community in Highbury are certainly limited in outlook. They are interested in the happenings of their world, and this is the most important thing. With gossip being spread quickly, it is clear why neither Jane Fairfax nor Frank Churchill told anyone of their engagement, which they wanted to remain private. To a modern reader, this is trivial, but a reader in the eighteenth century would understand the harm that this deception could have caused, had it not been in a satirical novel.

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  25. Discuss Jane Austen's portrayal of her central character in the opening chapters of the novel in terms of her social class, status and interaction with other main characters.

    Emma may be described as an exception to society in the way that she is a financially independent with a fortune of thirty thousand pounds, a vast amount of money in the Regency age. During this period, many women needed to marry for financial stability and some marriages tended to resemble business contracts as opposed to true love because so much was based on this factor. Perhaps Emma's situation means that she may be one of the few women who is able to marry for love as opposed to finance?

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