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  1. I am now going to talk about: "How Evil is presented in the Novel" in particular I am going to focus on Imagery, Symbolism and finally metaphors.

    These two images instantly bring the knowledge of evil especially the heads. Any one who can have heads on there fence posts must be some sort of evil savage. Just like the Europeans thought the natives were. Marlow knows he has entered and uncivilised area. "Those heads on the stakes, if their faces had not been turned to the house" This sentence demonstrates quite a disgusting picture of the inhabitant of the house the heads have been turned to the house as a matter of pride.

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  2. Comparing "The Darkness Out There" by Penelope Lively, with "The Black Veil" by Charles Dickens - In what ways do they reflect the times in which they were written and the tastes of the particular audience?

    He is changed forever from then on and progresses as a successful surgeon in helping people. "The Darkness Out There" and "The Black Veil" both have plots which exploit features of horror and mystery. Both have the spooky settings: "Packers End" and "Walworth", a death either past or present in the story, a concealed truth and a sinister character "Mrs Rutter" and the woman in the "black veil". All these features add to the mystery and excitement of both texts which keep its audience reading.

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  3. Comparisons Between the Development of the Subconscious in Characters in Gordimer's July's People and Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    Their being shoved into an environment of filth and insects and mud walls from a previous lifestyle of shiny white bathrooms and hired services diminishes their level of superiority in the village. Maureen in particular expresses a strong fear of degeneration, which is shown in the way she clings to the anomalous bourgeois conventionality of "two cups of tea and a small tin of condensed milk, jaggedly-opened, specially for them, with a spoon in it." Another evidence of a sense of possession for their European identities is the way Bam and Maureen defines their identities as a series of hollow middle class titles that demonstrate an economic advantage: "Maureen and Bam Smales.

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  4. Compair the endings of the Test, and The Darkness Out There - How each ending is prepaired for throught the story - Which ending do you enjoy and why?

    This evidence is compiled with other hard evidence which gives the reader reason to believe that proving the boy innocent would be near impossible . The boy however is adamant that he didn't commit the crime, and will not plead guilty even when he knows that pleading innocent could result in the death penalty. Time passes in the courtroom and the prosecution councils case seems to get stronger and stronger until Vernon Wedge ( the lawyer) has the idea of an extremely sophisticated blood test which could mean life or death for the boy.

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  5. The Craft Night

    It's more like a Gothic Cathedral. There is a stained glass window in the room, with an image of the goddess Zelda. Behind her bed is an arch with Celtic patterns around it. Her room has a William Morris affect to it. It's very Victorian. The wicked witch of the east, that is what you would call her if you saw her evil eyes, her baneful smile.

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  6. The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius By Lucius Maximus, Later Known as Gais Lucius Maximus Augustus

    Was this the beginning of the end? Everybody began to flee from the forum running as fast as they could leaving their masters behind. A large black cloud was growing and growing. It seemed to take over the heavens and began spewing ash from every direction.

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  7. Transformation - A critical analysis of the main character, The Captain of the unnamed ship, from the short story, The Secret Sharer written by Joseph Conrad in 1950,

    The Captain often emphasizes that he is a stranger. "The strangeness of the night scene in the Gulf of Siam at the start of the story is a projection of the Captain's own acute sense of disorientation. He is a stranger to the ship, a stranger to the crew, a stranger to himself even;" (Leo Gurko, p. 92) The sympathy he lends to Leggatt reveals that he sees in Leggatt aspects that he himself needs in order to run his ship, mostly he needs to be decisive and take action as Leggatt has.

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  8. Creating Realities - Different reasons pull Marlow and Henderson into the jungle.

    He discovered that what he always thought had been black referring it to the unknown was whiter than himself. The main meaning for Marlow being in the jungle was the "Fascination for the Abomination" that he developed for the something unknown. He developed this fascination for Kurtz. For Marlow, Kurtz was an idea that became part of Marlow's reality. Marlow based his reality on ideas with individual meaning like the contact with the savages or the journey in the river that led him to find himself. Marlow, in a miserable realization, discovers that the meaning of life is personal.

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  9. The perfection of a short story lies in the symbiosis between content and form. Stylistic devices - especially imagery - contribute to the effect of the story

    2 Stylistic Devices: Imagery The aims and purposes of stylistic devices are manifold. Stylistic devices are a way of expression, which give the author the possibility to use language beyond syntax, in order to make a tremendous impact on the reader. Thus, the artistic use of language is relevant to achieve the desired effect on the reader. One of those needful stylistic devices is imagery, which is "a rather vague critical term covering those uses of language in a literary work that evoke sense-impressions by literal or figurative reference to perceptible or 'concrete' objects, scenes, actions, or states, as distinct from the language of abstract argument or exposition.

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  10. When one reads the novel Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, and watches the movie "Apocalypse Now," common parallels will be found.

    Kurtz is depicted as a higher being, almost like a god, with his disciples (Apocalypse Now). The novel shows Kurtz as a man of great power. In both he is listened to. "You don't talk to that man - you listen to him" (pg. 127 and movie). In the novel, when Marlow met Kurtz, he was very thin, "I could see the cage of his ribs" (pg. 135), but in the movie, when Willard encounters Kurtz, Kurtz is a large man. Kurtz had an impressive career in his positions of work because he became insane. In the novel he was known because he was an amazing trader.

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  11. Compare how two authors use the elements of a ghost story in 'The Old Nurse's Story' and 'The Darkness Out There'. Which text do you think is the most effective and why?

    The 'Old Nurse's Story' was first published in 1850. It is a Victorian ghost story, and therefore has many Victorian values. It reinforces social class, and the fact that people should only socialize and marry people within their class. It also reinforces family values and religion therefore only heterosexual relationships were recognised. Children had a very strict upbringing, they had no independence. This was because Victorians believed that rules had to be obeyed, and 'children should be seen and not heard'. Ghosts and witchcraft were believed in. 'The Old Nurse's Story', is narrated by a nanny, and is about mysterious events that occur in a forbidden area in a big house.

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  12. Explore the themes of justace and things not being as they seem in The three Strangers by Thomas Hardy and The Darkness out there by Penelope Lively

    In 'The Darkness Out There' we assume it is set in the 1960's because the story is telling the tale of an old lady Mrs Rutter, who is talking about her past (about 25years before) and there is the German pilot that had been shot down. The story is set around a wood called Packers End, but it is also set around a cottage that lies next to Packers End. The only other similarity in the two stories is that they are both set around a cottage otherwise there seem to be no other similarities between the stories.

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  13. Darkness - creative writitng.

    Eric focused on the street and actually began to admire it. Taking in the splendour of the footpath in he mused on its colour, the right combination of good and evil so as to form the lifeless colour of grey. "Funny," he thought to himself. "People drive up and down this street every day and do not even understand what they are driving on." Realising that Eric did not quite understand what the meaning of the colour was, he glanced back at the grey street again. This time it looked like there were more speckled fragments of black than white.

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  14. Discuss the Theme of ‘Darkness’ in ‘The Darkness Out There’ and ‘The Red Room’

    Further, while 'The Red Room' does not deal directly with this darkness, it explores the nature of what the darkness truly is. Both stories take advantage of the fact that this 'darkness' permeates into the real world as well as a fictitious novel. Human society has a fascination with this darker aspect of itself. Since the dawn of time, mankind has obsessed itself with the idea that there must be something more, something beyond the mundane. First from fear of the unknown, then from inquisitiveness and curiosity, we have sought to explain what we do not know, to uncover this darkness within each and every one of us.

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  15. The Black Veil and The Darkness Out There

    "Tomorrow morning, he of whom I speak will be, I know, though I would fain think otherwise, beyond the reach of human aid; and yet, tonight, though he is in deadly peril, you must not see, and could not serve, him." At the very end of the story, the reason why the doctor cannot help is revealed. The woman's son is to be hung, and her aim is to get the doctor to see the body following the hanging just in case they can bring him back to life.

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  16. “Reading Kafka’s “The Trial”, especially for the first time, we often experience a blend of precision and obscurity; words, sentences, and single events are clear in themselves, but are linked to each other in ways we cannot always gra

    The old woman does not reappear anywhere else in the book, and no symbolism, hidden meaning or reference becomes apparent after having analyzed the description. In more conventional novels, almost every character that appears is in some way, whether clear or obscure, connected with the main plot or a sub plot. Not so with "The Trial". The old woman's importance and connection, if indeed there is one, remains open to speculation: perhaps she belongs to the court, perhaps the "scrap of what looked like carpet" that K sees in the same paragraph comes from her "warm shawl", perhaps this enigma is simply a device used by Kafka to confuse the reader.

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  17. Consider How Deceptive Appearance and Reality is a Theme in “The Darkness Out There” by Penelope Lively.

    We discover throughout the story that she is not in fact that simple, there is more to her than what you would expect. Sandra is a young member of the "The Good Neighbors' Club". Throughout the story she makes observations of people and expresses thoughts on them. This is how she describes Kerry Stevens, a young boy who is also a member of the club: His blacked licked-down hair and slitty eyes. Some people you only have to look at to know they're not up to much Her observations are altered by the fact that she has discovered she will not have her friend Susie as her partner, so she cannot have a "bit of a giggle".

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  18. The Gathering Darkness

    Jaxom thought that from his vantage point they looked like a vicious horde of scuttling insects, crawling menacingly over the ground. A deep rumbling sounded from within the chest of Jaxom's proud mount, the ancient grey tinged dragon Draak. The dragon rider, soul bonded to the mighty creature, instantly felt Draak's wariness, his sharp eyes gazing over the clouds that billowed around him. Spying a dark shape through the gloom. Jaxom narrowed his eyes, his teeth clenching. With a soft, almost inaudible whisper, Jaxom directed the dragon upwards.

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  19. Good and evil

    The aristocrats distribute warmth and love, while coldness describes the capitalist feeling. The cherry orchard symbolizes the aristocrats, and the setting by Chekhov in the spring shows the power of good. The aristocrats with their caring fight in a symbolic battle against the capitalists who have no personal feelings in Chekhov's play. Chekhov uses this to show that good, even when under attack, will prevail. Despite his siding with the aristocracy, Chekhov shows clean cut lines of black and white do not exist, but instead a shade of gray exists. Trofimov, a perpetual student and philosopher, says, "Your cherry orchard is a terrible thing.

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  20. The lumber-room.

    She sat in front of the door watching the entrance to the gooseberry garden trying to stop him from getting in, so he changed his tactics and went inside to look in the lumber-room. He found all sorts of treasures and books he also highlighted how he sees adults, as boring and to serious. "It was probably the first time for twenty years that any one had smiled in that lumber room." Then he heard his aunt shouting for him, while she was searching for him, he had tidied up and then went to see what she wanted, she told

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  21. Read through the story and write down a few points that summarise the plotof the story. Acquaint yourself with the characters in the story.

    When they arrive at the scene the next morning, he is still alive, but they don't get any help for him. * The young people are shocked by what she tells them and Sandra suddenly sees Mrs Rutter in a new light, but she also sees Kerry in a new light. Sandra She is a young girl who is a volunteer at the Good Neighbour's Club. She tells us that she is "nervy" and we see this when she walks past Packer's End.

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  22. alraha

    Marlow is fascinated by the snake, hypnotized like an innocent bird. The river symbolizes the path that leads to evil and madness in the novel Heart of Darkness as the snake does in the bible. The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa after the Nile, and it allows access into the interior of Africa. The river in the novel works as a divider, it was the main method of transportation for the Europeans, and it allows Marlow to see the two opposite sides of the Congo.

    • Word count: 593
  23. Analysis of the short story 'Examination Day'.

    ?The Exam? is the ?Government intelligence test they give to children at the age of twelve.? This examination was to make sure that there is no-one clever enough to overrule the current government. This test shows an example of what a dictator ruled government is like. This government is a totalitarian government in terms of not wanting to lose power or authority of any sort. These citizens are stuck in an unwanted dictatorship. The examination room was just as restricted as the lives they lead.

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  24. Heart Of Darkness Critical Analysis

    One could say that ?Heart of Darkness? is about finding ones identity. The theme of Identity basically means ones character, his or her individuality and personality. As identity is such a broad topic it can be broken down into other sections. There is Loss of identity, finding ones identity, creating false identities. But the two main characters, Marlow and Kurtz portray the theme of identity the most clearly and effectively. As Marlow narrates the story readers can view his opinions which make up his identity, it is clearly evident that throughout the story Marlow?s identity has changed, we can see this from one of many examples, the most prominent is at end

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