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  1. Informative article about shark behavior.

    Sharks are just misunderstood animals. Humans are in most cases just too big for them to eat. Sharks have a wide range of foods that they consume. Sharks feed on food ranging from small little zooplankton to squids, octopuses, and seals. Unlike other fish, sharks do not have bones. Their skeleton is made up of cartilage, which is not as hard as bone. Sharks also do not have a swim bladder, which controls the buoyancy of other fish. Because sharks have no swim bladder, they must constantly move around in order to stay afloat. Most sharks have up to eight fins on their bodies.

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  2. I interviewed my mother for the Oral History project.

    She was firm in this explanation and she seemed to take some pride in this fact. That she was this adamant about her distance from the organized movement is an interested detail of the interview that I will cover later. Early into the interview my questions quicker became broader and broader as I realized the detachment from the feminist movement my mom had experienced. Soon I was asking the rather broad question: How much would you say the (feminist) movement affected your day to day life?

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  3. Which heroine do you prefer and how do events throughout the books affect your opinion of them - Bridget Jones and Emma.

    We instantly form an opinion of Emma as she is described as, "handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition......and had lived nearly twenty-one years with very little to distress or vex her." The reader forms an opinion that Emma has a pampered lifestyle. We also learn she is a keen matchmaker and brought together her governess Miss Taylor with Mr Weston. I think the reader would perceive Emma to be very interested in her friend's lives and perhaps even a little meddling in them.

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  4. Commentary on '"Perfume" by Patrick Suskind'.

    However, our expectations are undercut by the introduction of "abominable" evil, creating massive contradiction to the fairy tale beginning. "Saint Just's, Fouches, Bonaparte's" is the list of anti-heroes which upsets our expectations because they don't belong in the fairy tale genre and creates horror corruption, which is bazaar and unsettling for the reader. The use of morbid and negative language such as; "misanthropy", and the repetition of "abominable", drives the reader into deeper interest especially with the detail the narrator goes into creating a strong image of destruction and a tone of `wickedness' preparing the reader for the rest of the text.

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  5. Sarah Emma Edmonds was one of about 400 women who managed to enlist in the army during the civil war. Yet, her heroism is not confined to this simple fact; her strength in posing as a male and acting as a spy greatly increases the validity this persona.

    "Private Thompson" was then assigned to be a "male" nurse in the hospital unit of the Second Michigan Volunteers. Soon after taking her new position, a well-known Union agent, who was working for McClellan in Richmond, Virginia and later captured and killed by a Confederate firing squad. Not long after, a Union officer, whom Emma knew personally, died while she was traveling to visit him. She arrived just in time for his funeral. This deeply saddened, yet inspired Emma. She resolved that she would work harder than she ever had in honor of her dear friend's life. Weaponry, tactics, southern U.S.

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  6. In the poem, Passed On written by Carole Satymurti, the poet illustrates the importance of a box filled with index cards, at the same time, she reminisces about her mother.

    The sibilance of in the phrase "scribble with a squirrel" creates a fast paced rhythm contrasting to the quite nature of the atmosphere created by the "s" sound. This also creates a sense of secrecy, hinting that the relationship between mother and daughter is not very close. Her extreme concentration is also shown as nothing seemed to deter her from her desires even as "I nag at her." The second stanza is much longer as compared to the other four and reveals to the reader the contents of what is in the box and what is written on the index cards.

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  7. Happiness, "An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended enjoyment;

    The Stoics think that happiness is not in the external objects, but consists on the liberation of the passions and desires that disturb the current life. Also, that happiness is the tranquillity of the soul. On the other hand, the Buddhism believes that a dominated mind leads to happiness, and to obtain happiness, it is necessary to fight against the injustices. Another group of people, the Nietzsche, believe that happiness is found when you have control over yourself, and that happiness is the feeling that tells you that an obstacle has been overtaken.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. The film Clueless, written and directed by Amy Heckerling, is an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma and closely parallels the story in terms of character development and action.

    One of the relationships explored is that between the daughter and her father. Both Emma and Cher have a close yet out of the ordinary relationship with their father, as each girl is the apple of their fathers' eye and can do no wrong. And both Emma's and Cher's fathers are very generous with not only their love but also their money and constant compliments. But with these compliments and cash comes a certain amount of snobbery and I believe that it is the fathers' over-indulgence in their daughters that has caused this.

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  11. With particular reference to the novel's opening, How does Jane Austen Present the role of Women in Pride and Prejudice?

    Elizabeth Bennet represents herself, being a middle classed lady and wanting to marry for love rather than money. Elizabeth is probably the main character within the play and portrays an intelligent woman. Jane Austen focuses her novel on the middle class people at the time and the role of women within that particular society. This is probably because she is middle class and she knew what other people and herself thought about the issue; therefore she focused her novel on them. Although Elizabeth is the main character, there are many other important women in the novel. The Bennet sisters represent a typical middle class family at the time.

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  12. "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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  13. 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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  14. Compare and contrast how the authors of The Three Sisters and Teresa's Wedding portray marriage and relationships between men and women.

    In the second letter, Mary's declares 'I wish I had a Father or a brother', demonstrating that woman feel powerless in this society. It also indicates that women were seen as inferior to men. Mary's delight at the prospect of being able to 'chaperone Sophy and Georgiana to all the winter balls' reflects that Mary sees marriage as a way of heightening her status in the community. In the character of Sophy, Mary's youngest sister, the reader is presented with a more typical Jane Austen heroine.

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  15. 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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  16. With close reference to detail an autobiography you have studied, discuss how convincingly the book creates a sense of social environment in which subject grew up?

    Any chance of the basic needs of survival is dependent on Malachy's wages. "Are you coming home so that we can have a bit of supper or will it be midnight with no money in your pocket and you singing Kevin Barry and the rest of that sad songs". Angela is asking Malachy if the kids will be fed tonight or will they starve. The fact Malachy drinks way the money convinces us the family have no other means of survival and healthy state of living. Without money we sense and imagine the state they live in.

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  17. Discuss how Arthur Miller presents Elizabeth as going through her own personal crucible in the Crucible.

    Elizabeth soon finds out that John committed Adultery; he had slept with Abigail therefore had an affair with Abigail. Abigail knows that Elizabeth knows what happened and it doesn't really bother her and she knows that is the real reason for being dismissed. As act two opens, Miller's stage directions describes Elizabeth as "singing softly to her children" which contrast sharply with Abigail's description of her in Act one and immediately arouses their suspense.

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  18. Using the opening scenes of Clueless and the opening chapters of Emma, compare the techniques that Heckerling and Austen use to alert us to how we should view Cher and Emma.

    As a result of the text being presented majoritivly through third person creating an objective status, the responder is shown that Emma has selfish tendencies despite all her good intentions. This is demonstrated to the responder as the wedding of a friend, with whom Emma shared "the intimacy of sisters", is described in the text as "a gentle sorrow". Despite the happiness of Emma's dearest friend, Miss.

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  19. 'Tea in the wendy house' is concerned With a sense of disappointment. Choose one other story which involves Disappointment and compare the two stories. I shall be comparing the story 'Tea in the wendy house' to another story called 'snowdrops'.

    She feels caught up in early marriage and her pregnancy by Graham. Her mother is also very controlling over her, she seems to always want the best for her daughter but never really seems to actually take the time to realise what Lynn really wants, "I said nothing, but my mother didn't seem to notice", this proves my point. Certain happenings in the story, feelings, and thought's are expressed in a rather false way also. In the story 'Snowdrops', there is a lot of disappointment shown and felt. Miss Webster, who is a teacher at a primary school, loses her boyfriend as he crashed on a motorbike.

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  20. Jane Austen's Focus On The Small World Of Highbury Also Includes Broader Observations About Social Hierarchies. Discuss How She Achieves This.

    'Insufferable woman' it is clear that Emma feels superior to people of Mrs Elton's status. Although Emma feels this way she continues to attempt to teach Miss Harriet Smith the mannerisms of the upper class, in the hope that she will be considered commendable as a gentleman's wife. Jane Austen is interested in convention this is shown by the way in which she chose to socialise the individuals within Highbury. Miss Bates is the main character that defies convention in the novel. Miss Bates converse with Emma and people of Emma's status, even though she is subordinate to them.

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  21. 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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  22. How does this evocation fit with your reading of the relationship between Emma and Harriet?

    'Harriet was certainly not clever, but she had a sweet docile, grateful disposition; was totally free from conceit; and only desiring to be guided by anyone she looked up to' Emma wants to better Harriet 'those soft blue eyes and all those natural graces should not be wasted on the inferior society of Highbury' Jane Austen is suggesting that she can't really make Harriet into a better person than she already is because that isn't possible. Harriet has already reached her full potential.

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  23. The Novel as a Medium of Global Expression - Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Hagar, as a child, has been taught to be proud of her family by her father, Jason Currie, a conceited, "self-made man." Mr. Currie would make his children recite the name of the family's Highland clan and their war cry, "Gainsay Who Dare!" She also adapts her father's habit of romantising stories about the Highlanders and so on. Her father's influence on her sets off a chain reaction, which greatly affects her and loved ones. Through most of the novel, Hagar focuses on reliving through past glories of the Currie name by telling her son, John, about their ancestors, such as Sir Daniel Currie.

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  24. How does Jane Austen portray marriage in her society?

    She wrote three more novels in her late 30s: 'Mansfield Park' (1814), 'Emma' (1816), and 'Persuasion' (published together with 'Northanger Abbey' in 1818). Social obligations are portrayed as strong influences on all the characters in all her novels, which gave her the worthy title of 'One of the greatest novelists of the romantic period, the finest in English literature.' In this essay I intend to examine how Jane Austen depicts marriage in many different ways. I have studied, in considerable detail, 3 of the many romantic novels written by Austen.

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  25. Emmais often said to be about the "education" of its central character. Choose one or two episodes and consider ways in Which it / they contribute to her "education"

    There were no career women. The only careers a woman could have were in the governess or servants trade. Moral fibres were needed to be a lady. Emma has these moral fibres, but she was lacking experience. Not until she learns self awareness and social awareness will she be a good wife. Emma thinks she will not marry and therefore has no need to change, but Jane Austen has other plans for her, and does not have her fall in love until she has changed into a lady.

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