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    What is the Importance of Alfred Doolittle to Shaw's 'Pygmalion?'

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    His mistress will not marry Doolittle, because that would give him dominion over her. This challenged the middle class view that marriage before sex was the natural order of things. As Doolittle says to Pickering, 'it ain't the natural way; it's the middle class way.' In some ways, Doolittle confirms the social stereotype that the poor are undeserving because they are lazy. Doolittle only works when he has to, otherwise he 'touches pretty nigh everyone for money.' However his attitude to money once again challenges the middle class view. When Higgins offers him �10 rather than �5 he says that 'five pounds is a lot of money, it makes a man feel prudent-like.'

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  2. The Browning Version - Mr Crocker-Harris - one of the main themes in the play is how Englishness and national identity in England change over time.

    One factor that influenced the change in national identity was the change in political power, from The Conservatives to The Labour Party. The fact that England lost its position as the world's most powerful empire after the Second World War also influenced the rapid change in Englishness. The unpopular Mr Crocker-Harris is a Latin and Greek master, both Latin and Greek were languages with decreased importance during this period.

    • Word count: 552
  3. How Doyle creates a story through the eyes of a 10 year old boy in "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha"?

    Paddy's anecdotes seem to be randomly arranged, as some, like the table fort story, are way back in Paddy's past and these are mixed with newer stories, which confuses the reader as you can never tell the plan of events, this leads to confusion, so the reader must read beyond the words to determine what Paddy means. You usually can't tell which stories are more recent and which ones aren't because of the amount of detail Paddy puts into them.

    • Word count: 866
  4. Change Is Good, But Not Always - in A Lost Lady, Willa Cather uses the characters of Ivy Peters and Niel Herbert to show, based on their values, accomplishments, and behaviours, change overpowers stability in most instances.

    Therefore, in A Lost Lady, Willa Cather uses the characters of Ivy Peters and Niel Herbert to show based on their values, accomplishments, and behaviors, change overpowers stability in most instances. Ivy Peters has accomplishments that differ from Niel's in contributing to stability and change due to Ivy always wanting change in the town, and often times Ivy accomplishments do change people's lifestyles (mainly the Forrester's). For example, Ivy drains the Forester's marsh in order to gain a profit from the land and thereby changing the Forrester's (mainly Mrs.

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  5. Look again at Pg 10-13 of Juno and The Paycock. How far do you agree that O`Casey portrays life in Dublin to be full of corruption and negativity in this extract and elsewhere in the novel.

    The extract ends with Juno giving off to Boyle about not getting a job and hoe he has an easy life. I am going to look closer at the extract and the rest of the play see whether or not I think O`Casey presents life in Dublin to be full of negativity and corruption. The extract starts with Juno telling Jerry where Boyle is, she says he will be in "Ryan's or Foley's" which are two pubs. She is very cynical of Boyle, always expecting the worst from him, and she is even worse to Joxer.

    • Word count: 925
  6. How is the issue of conflict dealt with in the play East is East?

    For example, when Sajit was found uncircumcised this caused a row between them as George found this unacceptable given that in Islam males must be circumcised. However Ella does not see it this way and cannot accept George's view that Sajit would go to hell because he had not been circumcised - "He's not gonna be sent to hell, just because he's got a foreskin" Many of their arguments are on how to raise the children. They clearly have different opinions and this becomes apparent when we find out Saleem is doing an art course when his father thinks he's doing engineering.

    • Word count: 1442
  7. Characterization of Walter in A Raisin in the Sun

    In Act 3, he says: "I want to hang some real pearls 'round my wife's neck. Ain't she supposed to wear no pearls?" He is not greedy. He wants pearls on his wife's neck, he wants her to be pretty, and he wants her to wear luxury, he wants... He wants many things for his family. He has ambitious dreams about his family, and he thinks it is his opportunity and responsibilities to rapid increase their life standards. Even when he breaks down in Act 3, he wants to take the money from Mr. Lindner so that the whole financial situation of the family will be better.

    • Word count: 935
  8. Silas Marner

    In Lantern Yard Silas had a friendship with a man called William Dane. "The expression of trusting simplicity in Marner's face" and "that defenceless, deer-like gaze", this shows that Marners's character has trust when he was at Lantern Yard. Eliot describes William Dane as "...so dazzled by his own light." This language used sums up William's character, that he is full of himself and thinks that he is always right. At lantern Yard is where Silas lost belief in everything and everyone, and moved to Raveloe.

    • Word count: 1295
  9. Silas Marner Essay

    this is a comparison with Godfrey when everyone thought he was a ghost. Another dramatic point in the first paragraph is "It was his own child." This is very short and to the point and creates a punch tone, and it's could be the start of a turning point, It is a realisation to Godfrey that's his child. Throughout the novel we see Godfrey can't make up his mind and again "...hope was rising that he might possibly be mistaken, this shows the indecisive character and how he hope the fate will intervene and it's not his child.

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  10. How does Ayub Khan-Din portray conflict in the play East is East

    The eldest son Nazir is not mentioned in the play, but there are still six other children. The second eldest son is Abdul, aged 23 - who in the beginning of the play seemed very quiet and not wanting to disturb things, however becomes more assertive of himself later on. The third eldest is Tariq aged 21 who is best described as the rebel of the family. He hates "pakis" and considers himself to be English and associates himself with English culture rather than Pakistani. The next eldest sibling is Maneer who is very religious, and the only of George's children who follows the religion and Pakistani culture.

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  11. Use of violence in two of Flannery O'Connor's stories

    The story is about six members of a family, and while on their way to Florida, are murdered by an escaped criminal who is called "the Misfit," (A Good Man is Hard to Find). The story revolves around the grandmother. So, while reading the story, we notice the action of evil, which leads to the obvious death of the family that results from violence. The deaths of the family that were a result of violence, which provoked feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and fear showed us the negative characeristic of violence in the story.The change of the grandmother's attitude also shows

    • Word count: 530
  12. Slumdog Millionaire

    As Jamal is getting brutally tortured by the police officer, the close up shot reflects the agony he faces and sadistic nature of torturer who lights a cigarette right in Jamal's face. The lead detective confirms his neglect by saying "I have thieves, burglars and now you." Slum dog millionaire deciphers into a triangular structure where the TV game show, the police station and Jamal's upbringing develop into 3 different strands in the film. Jump cuts play a clever role in linking the strands together.

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  13. Bamforth essay

    However, when a prisoner is captured, tempers flare and authority is questioned. The main officers in the play are Mitchem and Johnstone. Mitchem is the sergeant in charge and controls the group. He is a war veteran and knows what he is doing. He doesn't allow his emotions to affect his decisions and judgement. We don't know where Mitchem is from but judging by his language we can tell he is a northerner. Johnstone is a corporal and is Mitchems' right hand man. Although he is second in command, he does not have as much skill in leading troops as Mitchem.

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  14. An analysis on how peter shaffer effectively created an atmosphere of tension throughout his play "Equus"

    The most important, and unusual, specification is that "All the cast of 'Equus' sits on stage the entire evening...They are witnesses and assistants..." (p. 13) This means that only a minority of space on stage is actually used for acting. Also, as the number of visible performers remains constant, the stage will appear to be more crowded at the start than the audience is suited to. Added to the fact that the stalls in the theatre are normally full, it is likely that an inescapable sense of claustrophobia would be created.

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  15. Educating Rita

    'Educating Rita' is set in the 1970's in Liverpool, during the financial crisis. Willy Russell wrote this play to highlight social class difficulties; therefore he used a character like Rita to display this. Rita has a Liverpudlian accent, which many people view as uneducated and common. Many TV programs such as 'Brookside' mocked this accent. Also Liverpool was seen very negatively during this period of time due to the poverty and unemployment rates. Rita misses letters or replaces them. "Friggin Forster" Not only is her use of language incorrect, it's the way she responds which adds to her low class image.

    • Word count: 1976
  16. Views on the book Emma

    In this extract, the theme is duels and debate, as Emma and Mr Knightley are arguing throughout the entire extract, with Mr Knightey leaving at the end in distress and unhappiness due to Emma's uncaring words. Amidst this extract, Jane Austen was smart to have used Mr Knightley and Emma in this argument as through their distress at each other, they actually say things that have underlying meanings which are meant for each other.

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  17. East is East

    "Why is big problem, first wife always treats second wife like sister? All live together happy" George and Ella are totally different people. George is annoying Ella by threatening he will bring her to Britain but he says it so much that she knows he's joking because he always laughs when he says it. George's relationship with his six children is very poor and faint. He doesn't have a brawny connection with them. He is too strict on his kids and expects them to have the best standards.

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  18. Shawshank Redemption Director notes (English)

    Andy will always be haunted by these memories. The scene when Andy entered the prison and his first night as a prisoner pleased me; it turned out exactly the way I wanted. I think it is important for the audience to be aware of the harshness of a prison environment, a high moving shot gives an immense impression of a concrete building cut off from society, contrasting with everything outside the prison gates which were colourful and full of life whilst everything on the other side looked colourless and almost dead.

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  19. In Amadeus, by Peter Shaffer, Peter Shaffer writes a play about the story of two very well known composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

    To his unfortunate, his father never allowed him to express his music. Salieri's father didn't want to, what he claims, "parade him around" like a trained monkey. Salieri envied the talent that Mozart had, which was the talent of music, but what Salieri did not realize is that he had a wonderful talent of his own. Salieri name wasn't incredibly well known because only Salieri had the ability to recognize greatness in music. The whole town depended on his opinion of the music. Salieri was always very envious of Mozart. Mozart had everything and was everything Salieri wanted to be. Mozart had a wife who he loved by the name of Constanze.

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  20. Tommorrow When The War Began

    I never knew that one day I would walk in their shoes. Though here I am today and I can smell it, touch it, hear it and even taste it. The war is now a major part of my life and there's nothing I can do about it. Oh how I wish I was there right now, but of course I'm NOT! I'm stuck out here in the middle of Hell! (Sigh) The name speaks for itself. Now, just as I was thinking of all the dreadful events that have occurred to me over the past few months, just as I was reassuring myself that things couldn't possibly get any worse, they do!

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  21. The most positively portrayed characters are those closest to the Earth, Discuss this statement when considering the characters of Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba Everdene.

    Throughout the 'working days' of the week, Oak is described as a 'general good character', who is hard working, this description of Oak certainly portrays Oak in a positive light when he is working with nature. Later on in the chapter, Bathsheba Everdene is shown as a total antithesis of that of Oak's demeanor. When Oak first sees Bathsheba Everdene, he is standing on Norcombe hill, 'His first feeling now was one of pity for the untimely fate of these gentle ewes and their unborn lambs'.

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  22. The long the short and the tall

    The audience is able to detect tension immediately as they are aware it is set in the Malayan Jungle, a hot alien environment during the war. There is only one setting throughout the whole play which adds to the intensity of the atmosphere. I think Hall intentionally used characters from contrasting backgrounds, with clashing personalities almost as puppets to provide and manipulate the conflict and tension. The group of six men include a Scotsman, a Cockney, a Tynesider and a Welshman the play shows how each of these men interrelate with each other.

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  23. Letter of apology of Carol to Mr Briggs - Our Day Out

    I thought, "If only my family had had more money, my poor brother wouldn't have passed away. Why is life so unfair? Why do we have to be so poor? And what is the sin of being poor anyway?" Things still wouldn't be that bad if since then, my mother has not been constantly drunk and my dad has not stopped going to work because of depression. Even worse, quarrels between my parents have happened continuously and we are starving day by day because there is not enough money to support all of us.

    • Word count: 717
  24. Gregory's Girl -plot and how gender stereotypes are reversed.

    Gregory is still in his own little world " I'd pick her..." and " as close as she liked." Dorothy is being boastful and arrogant "I was the best you know I was the best." Dorothy uses short sentences, monosyllable words, which emphasise her points. She is emphasising that she is good and she feels confident because she thinks and knows that she is a good player because she is playing better than most of the people on the team and to let Phil know that she is good enough for the team as she really wants to join the match and should let her join and not judge her by gender.

    • Word count: 1234
  25. Secrets. The Beautiful short story Secrets is based on the theme of relationships, which Bernard Mac Laverty explores thoroughly.

    He wanted to remember only the happy times, prior to the present, and not remember her for what she looks like in the dying state she is in. However we also get the impression in the first section that something might have happened that destroyed their tight bond. The very first sentence is, "He had been called to be there at the end." The word 'called' shows that he didn't particularly want to be there, which would be unusual under the circumstances of them having a good relationship.

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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 importance of stage directions in Miller's "A View from the Bridge" and what they reveal about the character of Eddie Carbone.

    "Eddie does not comprehend his feelings until Beatrice clearly articulates his desires in the conclusion of the play, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" - It doesn't seem like he has known about his secret desires until that moment. He then directs all his anger at Marco and tries to kill him. During the course of the play Eddie changes a lot. He becomes a man who betrays the community from the genuine Italian citizen he began as. Reasons for his downfall are his great Italian pride, his lack of restraint as he always wanted nothing less than everything, such as: Catherine, and Marco to beg in front of the community. But most of all, his loss of directions, he breaks the Code of Conduct so the Code "broke" him. It is ironic because at the beginning Eddie warns his family about the consequences if they snitch on the cousins but he suffered the very same consequences, as Vinny Bolzano did."

  • Discuss how Sharman Macdonald uses effective dramatic devices in the play "After Juliet"

    "In conclusion, Sharman Macdonald uses dramatic devices in "After Juliet" many times. The most effective one I looked at was The Drummer, a pivotal character in the play and one which makes the biggest impact. The reason for this that he controls what goes on. Juliet's present in "After Juliet" is also a good dramatic device as it is quite shocking and surprising to have Juliet in the play, considering she's dead. Gianni and Lorenzo are two characters in the play which aren't too essential, however act as a good dramatic device. The PA acts as an informer about what is going to happen and sets the scene. His part in "After Juliet" is a small one and not vital to the play, however his small speech may help a few members of the audience understand they play. Personally, I didn't enjoy reading the play. I felt it didn't do any justice to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Unlike the original, "After Juliet" didn't seem to cover much."

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