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  1. Why were the crises of 1051 and 1052 significant?

    The crises were very significant in that they inevitably brought the relentless vendetta to a head. The key factor in this argument was the death of Edward's brother Alfred in 1036. Alfred, whilst on a conquest with Edward, was captured and handed over to his death by Godwin as an offering to Cnut. This sparked outrage between the two from then on. As McLynn puts it, "Edward still blamed Godwin for Alfred's death and hated him for it." So already we can build up a picture of an almost very weary and cautious relationship, constantly wondering if Edward is ever going to seek his revenge.

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  2. On What Basis were the various claims to the throne made in 1066?

    This was a belief, which had been mounted on many events in his short-lived life. William was desperate to become King and in all Norman sources there is constant writings of how he was cheated out of Edward's succession. William was very clever in gaining support for his claim and he showed this when Harold went on his voyage to Normandy. William knew that in order to make his claim that bit stronger than his counterpart Harold he had to gain the support of the one person no man could defeat, this was the Pope.

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  3. The Ghost of Richard III Visits William Shakespeare

    Nothing! My mind was somewhere else, but I did not know where. I moved across the room to look out of the window at the stars. Distant in the darkening sky. I sat and watched by my attention was distracted by a light banging sound, although quiet it startled me. I looked over and my small pot of ink had been tipped over, spilled across my paper. I walked over to my desk and picked up the pot with what was left of the ink. Of the little work I had done, it was ruined, impaired, and un-readable!

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  4. In which ways does Tim Burton use a mixture of genres in "Edward Scissorhands" to present the conflict between Edward and Society?

    The publicity for Edward Scissorhands used the phrase 'the story of an uncommonly gentle man' and posters showed a picture of a sad Edward with a butterfly perched on one of the sharp blades. Contrasting images such as these reinforce the idea of a mixture of the romance and horror genres. A close analysis of the opening sequence of Edward Scissorhands reveals many of the conventions associated with the horror genre but these are offset by elements of comedy and romance.

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  5. Write a letter to the documentary maker, Paul Hamann, explaining how effective you thought the film "Fourteen Days in May" was as an illustration of issues surrounding the use of capital punishment in the United States of America.

    When the helicopter is circling over the prison where Johnson is being held I think it would be a better idea to have a view of where the murder takes places. Then the narrator could read the information to the viewers. They would be able to see the place of the murder. Also during this it could show a view of the grave where the Marshall is buried. This would add an extra effect, letting viewers see the crime scene and then the grave.

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  6. Richard III Manipulates the Court of York in the same way that Shakespeare Manipulates History. Discuss the links between the playwright and protagonist.

    He validates his impiety by telling the audience of his boredom with life. He states 'I ... have no delight to pass away the time' (Act I Scene 1 line 25) as he cannot 'caper nimbly in a lady's chamber' (Line 12). Now the war is over there is nothing he is good at so he resorts to the only other thing he has left: using his aptitude to cause others misery. To him it is merely exciting to nearly get caught. He wants to be king but not for the joy of being king but for the suspense of getting there.

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  7. 'His honour rooted in dishonour stood, And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true' (Tennyson, Lancelot and Elaine). Richard III

    Richard starts the play as a hero. He has just been fighting for his country, for his families' honour, and has succeeded. And yet, he is not content with victory. He misses the thrill of war, as is shown when he states 'And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries...He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber' (I.I.10-12). Richard's soliloquies are the perfect opportunities for one to get inside Richard's head, for they are the only genuine times when the true Richard is revealed.

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  8. Why did Richard Of Gloucester seize the throne in 1483, and why was he overthrown so quickly?

    At the time of his father's death, the new King was at Ludlow under the tutelage of his maternal uncle, Earl Rivers. Elizabeth and Sir Edward Woodville were at London with access to men, weapons and most importantly money. Richard was in Yorkshire, as he had ruled the north from the 1470's. He was considered fair but firm by both commons and magnates, and thus well liked. However, the Woodvilles clearly had the strategic advantage, and fearful of them gaining power, Richard became convinced that the Woodvilles were plotting against him, possibly even plotting his demise.

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  9. Richard III by William Shakespeare - “How genuine was the relationship between Richard and Buckingham?”

    Richard, her husband's brother, is to be established as Protector to her sons, knowing that he is her enemy. Buckingham and Stanley have been visiting Edward, who is in good spirits considering his poor health - Edward intends to "make atonement Between the Duke of Gloucester and your brothers, And between them and my Lord Chamberlain; And sent to warn them of his royal presence" (1.3.line 36-39). Elizabeth's heart continues to remain heavy, as she cannot bring herself to believe that this reconciliation is really possible.

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  10. How strong was the monarchy on the death of Edward IV in 1483?

    The death of Henry and the eradication of the Nevilles, Warwick and Montagu signalled the end of the male Lancastrian line, save the exiled Henry Tudor. Edward now faced problems from within, the conspiring of Clarence and the increased influence of the Woodville family. Clarence was bitter following his marriage to Isabel Neville, when Gloucester chose to marry the widowed sister of Isabel, Anne Neville. This was seen as a threat to his inheritance and heightened the brotherly disputes, which had begun with the grant of Warwick's lands first to Gloucester and then to Clarence.

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  11. What impressions of Richard’s character does the audience obtain in Act I of Richard III? Does he have any positive qualities to enable him to win our interest, admiration or sympathy?

    This means they have a certain oneness with Richard during the play. Due to this closeness they are allowed to know vaguely what Richard will do but they don't know the intimate details or the how. He explains his deep feelings about his involuntary isolation. He feels hideously ugly and because of this no one will want to have sex or any type of relationship with him. In lines 1 - 13 he says how jealous of society and of the beautiful people he is by talking of how good is this "glorious summer" of peace is in a sarcastic manner.

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  12. North and South Essay

    My mind busy with these thoughts, I prepared myself to go to the school. Lightly I ran down the stairs, my mind at peace. Margaret waited at the foot of the staircase. "Mother, please take a turn about the garden with me," she pleaded in a solemn voice wrapping her arm around my waist. Eagerly I walked with her, admiring the beautiful flowers and pleasant smells. How lovely, I thought to myself. There's really no other place like Helstone. I glanced about, complimenting our beautiful, scenic garden when Margaret turned to me.

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  13. Examine the dramatic techniques used by Shakespeare to manipulate the audiences response to Richard.

    The ironic nature of the choice used by the two characters is interesting, as Richard, the supposedly evil one, is the one who invokes angels. The religious theme recurs throughout the scene with several references to god - "Villain, thou know`st nor law of God nor man," - ; "Then God grant me too," and "Having God, her conscience and these bars against me,". The sparring in itself provokes an audience reaction - this is a man used to power, wielded quite nakedly, who is using techniques of guile and persuasion to get what he wants.

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  14. Gang of lads attack 10-year l0 year old boy

    Around the streets there is litter and lots of graffiti on walls, down alleys and even on cars! There are many cars stolen and shoplifters around who loiter in the alleys. Many people are too afraid to fight back which is understandable since many gangs carry weapons. 10 year old Richard Wright was attacked on a very short journey to the shops 'Coming past the dark street corner I started to walk towards the alley.

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  15. How Genuine was the Relationship Between Richard and Buckingham?

    He shows here that his true character is obviously not as a troublemaker and so is loath to make a decision that will upset anyone. However, the speech that Shakespeare gives him definitely reveals his final decision- his allegiance with Richard and the Yorks against Margaret: he mocks her, answering Richard's: "What doth she say, my lord of Buckingham?" with "Nothing that I respect my gracious lord.". At the end of the scene when Richard has a soliloquy, he states: "I do beweep many simple gulls; Namely, to Derby, Hastings and Buckingham..."

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  16. Richard III: Coursework Essay

    People who are like Richard always end up getting paid back for all their wrong doings, well in some cases any way. Like Adolf Hitler who ended up dying because of all the bad things he had done i.e. WWII. So what Shakespeare is saying is, all bad you do to others you will get back to you. The opening speech that Richard says is to the crowd is directly at them and makes you think he's a nice person because he makes a few funny comments which makes the crowd laugh and grow to like him.

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  17. ‘The tragedy of Richard III lies in the progressive isolation of its protagonist.’ Discuss.

    This essay will be based on tragedy defined as 'something happening that is sad, although inevitable' and 'a powerful person falling from power due to a flaw'. Richard's isolation becomes apparent from the very beginning of the play when he enters the stage alone and speaks directly to the audience rather than any character on stage. After this, he spends the entire duration of the play severing every single link that he has with any other person or object in the play in order to gain power.

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  18. Discuss the theme of reality vs appearance in Richard III.

    By admitting to himself that he, Richard, is a villain, he reveals reality, as he has no motive to lie or deceive himself. In this soliloquy, Richard?s motive is not to deceive any other character, but rather to take a step back from his deceptions and to give the audience a glimmer of reality instead of the cloak he feeds to the other characters.

    • Word count: 418

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