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    Explain the relationship between Dysart and normality in Equus.

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    It was an era of 'well made play' as opposed to the one that followed. Traditional audiences tended to go and see drama at the theatres. Newer ones now watch it on television; the theatre plays little part in drama today. The styles and context of the plays are more iconoclastic and revolutionary; long established social mores were turned against. Theatres now had no shame in introducing explicit sexual content and obscene language. Equus as a post 1967 drama displays this quite often: Alan's sexual fantasies with Equus and Dysart's sad analysis of his personal life.

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  2. To what extent are Shakespeares plays a product of the Elizabethan theatrical context in which they were first performed?

    Nowadays, the theatre is seen as a treat or even an evening out. The modern audience do not have to worry about distractions or muggings in the theatre, but both modern and Elizabethan audiences treat the theatre as an escape from everyday life, to see something new and interesting. The Globe was a retreat for civilians; it was somewhere where they could get away from the dirty streets of London. Even though, the Globe was made to look like a palace, it was not expensive.

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  3. Dead Man Walking

    As the two bond through the wire and the glass that separates them literally and metaphorically - as they are two very different people, they grow surprisingly close. Eventually, Poncelet asks the Sister to be his spiritual advisor when the courts turn him down, because they have no evidence to prove he wasn't involved in the murders. Therefore, she stays by his side until his death. Throughout the film, the director, Tim Robbins takes us on a 'rollercoaster' of emotion by using many highly effective techniques including, camera shots, music, sound effects, flashbacks, and visual metaphors.

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  4. Iago has been called a motiveless malignity. Discuss your personal response in this.

    She isn't forced by Othello to do anything or strikes her. During that time, not only women were looked down upon, but coloured people too. Anyone who had an Africian heritage was refered to a 'Moor', 'Old Black Ram', 'The Devil' and many more rascist names. It is known that in 1596, Queen Elizabeth I ordered the banishment of ten "black moors" from her country. Shortly after this, English prisoners being held in Spain and Portugal were traded for "black moors." In 1601 Elizabeth ordered further expulsion of "black moors." It seems likely that the two events were related; it also seems likely that Shakespeare would have been aware of the Moorish ambassador's presence in London.

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  5. Lieutenant Of Inishmore

    He did however spend summers there with his brother and Irish parents. McDonagh watch a great deal of television and movies during the time in which he was beginning to write, finding himself essentially bored by theatre in London - calling it "dull". His favourite play is said to be that of David Mament's short excursion into the world of petty thieves called 'American Buffalo'. He claims to have been during this time, greatly influenced by the films of David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino, certainly the latter features in this analysis of 'Lieutenant of Inishmore'.

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  6. Analysis on the character of Margot Frank

    As soon as he confirms this, there is a stir of relief from everybody, except Margot, who is in her bedroom, actively studying, oblivious to the fact that she can now finish her work. It is only when she is prompted by her father that school is now over, that we see her stop. We can see this in the quote "School's over... (Margot rises and stretches)" We can suggest here by the evidence given, that she will always obey anybody with any authority over her, because of in those times the role of a woman was considered to be modest, polite and never to argue or question the word of your husband, nor anyone with a higher status.

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  7. Literature Essay on Hamlets Revenge through Branagh and the BBC

    Not only because 'blood will have blood' (Barton p14) but because of what it does to the character and life of the avenger. Questions of divine intervention, religion, justice, mortality and the importance of human life are all issues a tragic revenge hero must encounter. The reason why 'Hamlet' is such a lengthy play is not merely because he is hesitant or cannot make up his mind but because he must deal with facing the consequences for his actions. In taking revenge there will always be social consequences. A civilised society cannot ignore murder.

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  8. Haylesdown - Original Writing

    Ryan realised his eyes were still squeezed tightly shut as he awaited an agonizingly painful death. Slowly, opening his eyes he found himself face to face with Scruff the dog. Ryan groaned and muttered a string of curses as he pushed the shaggy dog off his chest, 'Scruff, how many times have I told you not to sneak up on me like that, I thought you were a wolf and was ready to slit your throat.' Ryan kneeled down and gently scratched the daft animal's crown.

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  9. Romeo and juliet essay

    she knows that there is a feud between both families also she pretends to die and willfully deceiving her father her parents and family making them think she is dead. When really she isn't and is only thinking of Romeo and herself! So she is a very selfish person. She obviously thinks she is doing the right thing following friar Lawrence's plan but I feel sorry for her as she is causing more problems and also that she is a very young girl.

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  10. How does Arthur Miller use techniques to show Eddie's changing relationships

    When he first speaks to her, saying, 'Where you goin' all dressed up?' he meant it as an advice suggesting that she is dressed inappropriately and should consider wearing something else. Although, it comes out more like a scalding remark, questioning her actions and the choices that she has made. Since the beginning of the play, Catherine is strongly irritated by the way Eddie speaks to her, no matter how well he means. Catherine and Eddie also flirt with each other. (running her hands over her skirt) 'I just got it. You like it?'

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  11. What aspects of society and culture as depicted in The catcher in the Rye, make Holden Caulfield and indeed J.D Salinger so critical of the phony adult world.

    Salinger's first novel, The Catcher in the Rye, became immediately a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and won huge international acclaim. Salinger did not do much to help publicity, and asked that his photograph should not be used in connection with the book. From the late 60's he has avoided publicity. Journalists have assumed, that because he doesn't give interviews, he has something to hide. Despite not wanting to be interviewed or having any media coverage Salinger still writes, however only for himself, he still has the passion to write but only does it now for the love of writing and not for fame.

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  12. A View From the Bridge

    A teenager in the family, Vinny Bolzano, decided to inform Immigration that someone was unlawfully living in his house. Once the uncle had been taken away, the other men in the family dragged Vinny down a flight of stairs with "'...his head bouncing like a coconut.'" Analyse the simile - aggressive After this, the family spat on their disowned son and brother who was, at this point, lying in the street. As well as their intricate honour code, the Sicilian people also have their own stand point on law and justice. With reference to Alfieri's opening monologue, the law has not been a good concept in Sicily since the Greeks were driven out of Italy and because of this, as shown later in the drama, Sicilians sometimes take the law into their own hands in this Greek tragedy.

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  13. Memoirs of the innocent.

    I grasped my stick from my seat and placed my feet firmly on the warm, rough Texas ground. I was hastily followed by the energetic, panting Golden Retriever Basil. My father led me along the path, as Basil brushed his soft, matted hair against by bare legs. I occasionally poked my cane against the floor as I created a mental image of my surroundings. My father stopped me at the door, I heard my mother frantically - in her excitement - jostle her key in the large oaken door; and heard the heavy swoop of the door as my mother forcefully pushed it open.

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  14. blood bros

    The narrator's speech at the start tries to prejudice us against Mrs. Johnston before we even meet her in the play and make our minds up about her for ourselves. He tells us that we as the audience are the judge and the jury and that we have to 'judge for ourselves' whether Mrs. Johnston has committed a 'terrible sin' and whether what she has done is morally wrong. After this speech we are introduced to Mrs. Johnston who is known as the 'Mother' throughout the scene.

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  15. The Thirteenth Day

    CHASE Yeah? DANNY Name's Danny. Danny Smith. Hey, you wanna sit with us at lunch. CHASE Sure, thanks. THE TWO WALK INTO THE CAFETERIA TO ANOTHER GIRL SITTING ALONE AT A TABLE. THEY SET THEIR LUNCHES DOWN NEXT TO HER. DANNY This is my sister, she's a sevey. CHASE Hi, I'm, uh Chase. ROSIE Rosie. Wait, you're the TA, in my math class. CHASE Oh, now I recognize you. DANNY You see all the teachers gathering over there. THE THREE LOOK AT A CLUSTER OF TEACHERS IN THE HALL, THE SAME WAY AS THEY WERE IN THE OTHER ROOM CHASE Yeah, they did the same thing in uh, Mrs.

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  16. how does the director paul greengrass create tension in the film united 93

    In United 93, the people acting in the film were trained particularly to act like the people that they were impersonating. The passengers were also deliberately cast because they looked similar to the real people, and they were also trained to make gestures like them as well. Paul Greengrass does this with the help of family members and the people who knew the person who was on board United Airlines Flight 93 at the time of the hijacking (11th September).

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  17. Elephant presents a world where anarchic, violent teenagers are lost and adrift, betrayed by a sterile and indifferent adult world. How far do the methods of the director lead to this reading of the film and how far do you ultimately agree with thi

    Elephant, the title of the film is significant when investigating why the 1999 massacre happened. It is taken from 1988 BBC TV film about a series of killings that took place in Northern Ireland. However there is further meaning in the title Elephant, with reference to an elephant being in a living room which cannot be ignored, however it is never talked about and soon is used to. Gus van Sant wanted to explore this theory further in his film, and suggest reasons for why the shooting happened and what the elephant in the living room could have been.

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  18. Great Expectations - Character Introduction

    He is described as a "Small bundle of shivers." The metaphor shows how scared Pip is to be alone in the graveyard. It then says that Pip was "Growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry." More sympathy is then created towards Pip as he is becoming so overwhelmed by the situation that he is going to cry. A third way that is used to introduce Pip into the story is through his behaviour, for example, his actions and language.

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  19. How does the director Steven Spielberg use filmic techniques to build suspense and tension for the audience in the film jaws?

    The film begins with a mid shot of a seemingly average teenage party with a strangely chilling diegetic harmonica. This may alert viewers to the factor that everything might not be as it seems. The only light sources are the moon and a blazing fire. Lack of light can build a strong tension due to strained visibility. Fire, although it can provide warmth and comfort, it is often used in the visualisation of hell, and the use of the fire could also be read as a warning signal of what is to come. Chrissie asks to go skinny dipping and the track shot follows Chrissie and Tom, attempting to get undressed but Tom seems to be struggling, this shows us that he may be a liability to Chrissie's cause.

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  20. Of Mice And Men Chapter 7

    Not like the stupid son of a bitch woulda seen the truth if it kicked him in the rear." Slim shook his head, not in disagreement for what George said, but rather in agreement of their mutual dislike for the reporter. "Anyways, he'll get a hellofa different story from Curly over there. The stupid son of a bitch. If he hadna lost track of that tart of a wife of his none of this woulda happened." This time Slim nodded. "Yeh, I reckon she had it comin' from the start." He said, leaning against the door post as George laid back on his bunk.

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  21. Describe, Examine and analyse how Willy Russell uses Dramatic devices to highlight themes and issues in the play "Shirley Valentine"

    That's why I write for the theatre, because it's concerned with the spoken rather than the written word." Many people were experiencing flashbacks of the 'Great Depression' in the 1980's there was an increase in the unemployment rates and in the Great Depression this happened also, people were protesting from Homosexuality to Feminism and when their jobs vacancies became unavailable this was because of strikes e.g. miners strike, these are some of the contrast some also include; class structure and how people were treated.

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  22. An analysis of the way in which Emily Bronte introduces the character Heathcliff to the reader in her novel, 'Wuthering Heights'.

    This makes him an impartial narrator. Lockwood is presented as a civilised city man who fancies the solitary life the countryside offers. However, we soon realise that he has exceptionally bad character judgement when he tells the reader that Heathcliff is a 'capital fellow', when his description of Heathcliff's body language in reaction to Lockwood gives the reader a very different picture of his temperament.

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  23. Romeo and Juliet

    This has a more dramatic effect as the audience is kept in suspense and engaged. Shakespeare has structured Act one scene five quite ingeniously as he constantly changes the moods and emotions in the play which keeps the audience engaged as they want to keep watching. Firstly he presents us with excitement and enthusiasm at the Capulet's masquerade. "Welcome gentlemen. Ladies that have their toes unplagued with corns will walk a bout with you. Ah ha my mistresses which of you all will now deny to dance?"

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  24. An account of survival on Titanic

    Machiavelli shows that it was necessary for a Prince of the state to be ruthless, vindictive and was not normally afflicted with despondent emotion. Machiavelli, a man of power and wealth himself, used all the evil necessities that helped with the well being of his followers, and was a patriotic man, he believed that the country needed a man learned in both state politics and warfare, was a just ruler and would unify the country, creating the ultimate power base.

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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?
  • Discuss the significance of the shifts in narrative perspective in Frankenstein. What is the effect of presenting different characters viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?

    "In conclusion, Mary Shelley uses the three narrators in a Mise-en-Abyne fashion to slowly delve deeper into the story, and in the process, understand the three narrators, whom are characters in a first-hand manner. Shelley also uses these three characters which have unique roles as narrators to help her break certain social stigmas present at that time. But overall, the usage of various narrators in the book helps us understand the story better."

  • Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" both shocking and realistic, and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film.

    "In conclusion, the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" was made both shocking and realistic through the iconic images displayed throughout the scene and the acts of selflessness that are portrayed through the characters actions. The first scene had an impact on me personally. This was: "I strongly feel for the soldiers and their fallen comrades, because this film has shown me what they had to go through to protect my future. The 'jerky' camera movement created a sense of realism and made me feel as if I were with the soldiers at the battle of Omaha Beach. I also feel that the absence of non-diegetic sound aloud me to take in the sounds that make up a fighting soldier's world." 1 Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" both shocking and realistic, and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film. By Adam Taylor"

  • Compare Antony and Brutus speech. Which is more effective and why? Give evidence to support your answer.

    "In conclusion to this essay I feel that Antony has a stronger speech than Brutus. I feel that Antony has a stronger speech as he uses very strong props to gain the crowds attention, he also uses many different ways to make his point of how he feels of Brutus and Caesar. I also feel that he has a stronger way with the crowd by coming down to their level instead of towering above them. Although Brutus uses more stronger rhetorical questions Antony use rhetorical questions that make the crowd think about what Brutus has said and if it was true or not."

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