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    Comparing the similarity in themes in Alex Garland's 'The Beach' and William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'.

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    Seeing my two travelling companions on such friendly terms with the other swimmers felt strange. They were all laughing and calling each other by name. It made me realise how much I'd been left out by sleeping through the first night and day in the camp. The Beach This is the first sign of isolation in The Beach and from here, the portrayal of Richard becomes increasingly isolated as the plot progresses. Similarly in Lord of the Flies, Simon begins as a respected member of the community and is selected by Ralph, the leader, to accompany him exploring.

    • Word count: 1869
  2. Comparing and contrasting the novelsThe Hobbit and The Sword of Shannaraas the reveal the conventions of amiddle-earth fantasy novel

    He reacts bravely when captured by Skull creatures and saves his Troll friends using: "the stones". (Brooks 359) The magical stones have helped him more then once on his mission, but it was his strength and courage that triumphs. He learns the responsibility of manhood by conquering his fears and becoming a hero. Because he has failed to know himself, Shea failed to recognize the Sword of Shannara when it was in his grasp. After the Gnome absconds with the sword, Shea learns his responsibility and trusts his fate. When he enters Borona's, he is ready to draw the sword and face the Warlock Lord. However, the nature of the sword's magic prves to be unexpected.

    • Word count: 1381
  3. In this coursework, I will be comparing two different film trailers, "Lord of the rings _ the return of the king" and the "Gladiator".

    The close-up of two characters are followed, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Uortense. Orlando Bloom who speaks the first dialect states, 'The eye of the enemy is moving'. It builds up the excitement and suspense. It also indicates that the enemy is not human being but something supernatural, like a wizard. The following clipping flash instantly so that the viewers attention is not on the previous clipping, and it builds up the excitement and tension as the viewers can't concentrate on one scene. A little way further in the trailer, Orlando Bloom, who is in the exact scene as before says to his comrade that, 'He is here' This means that the enemy has finally arrived.

    • Word count: 1997
  4. The film LOTR has multiple genres. It covers the genre of action, adventure and fantasy. The battles and wide landscape cover the action,

    Gandolf the grey is a kind wizard and close friend of Frodo. Gandolf investigates the ring and finds out that it is the same ring that Sauron created. To summarise the rest of the story, Frodo and Sam-wise take the ring on a long journey to destroy it at MT.Doom in Mordor, but there travels will not be that easy. The evil army of Saroun has regrouped and is trying to get back the ring to Lord Sauron. The film LOTR has multiple genres.

    • Word count: 1675
  5. 'An Ideal Husband', Oscar Wilde - Lord Goring and Lady Chiltern

    Lady Markby "....By since Sir John has taken to attending the debates regularly, which he never used to do in the old days, his language has become quite impossible...I left the table as soon as I had my second cup of tea, I need hardly say. But his violent language could be heard all over the house! I trust, Gertrude, that Sir Robert is not like that?" Unlike these men, with mainly political issues in their minds, Lord Goring takes no part in it, and is called by his father to lead 'an idle life'.

    • Word count: 1167
  6. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, to reveal the ogre as good, and the Prince as evil?

    But just as we think the story is about to start Shrek slams the book, which the story is read out of shut and says "as if that's ever going to happen" which surprises the audience. Modern music then begins to play and the camera zooms out and shows everyone Shrek, then people begin to realise that this is not going to be an ordinary fairy tale. Because of this sudden unpredictable change, viewers are surprised as everyone thought it was going to be traditional.

    • Word count: 1559
  7. A Comparison of the techniques used in the opening sequence of two films - the Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers and Just Married.

    The first movement the camera makes is a crane shot looking from above down onto the mountains, showing the beauty of the mountains but also prepares the viewer for the unforgiving territory which the harsh action will take place in. The next shot is a panning shot of the mountains where the camera moves backwards and forward. This shows the great might of the mountains where they grow in power and intensity. There is a contrast of light from the sun and the bright blue sky to the shadows over the mountains.

    • Word count: 1984
  8. How do the makers of 'the Lord of the Rings' use presentational devices to create a contrast between good and evil?

    This helps to add the evil effect and to emphasise that the place is quicker in movement and it is no longer calm and peaceful. This happens very early on too. It happens when we first see the evil tower. The filmmaker also uses many 'low angle' camera views. These angles are used to show a character or building seem more threatening, larger, imposing and/or powerful. This is shown as soon as the evil comes into the picture when the tower/castle is shown.

    • Word count: 1464
  9. Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairytale.

    The film opens with a modern song, with Shrek criticizing and having a laugh at the expense of normal fairytales, and then carries on with the fun by Shrek wiping his backside with an average fairytale story. The viewers are shocked by the use of this in a children's movie, an opening like this suggests that this is a modern children's movie, and creates an image of maturity for children. Shrek threatens to grind the bones of the villagers and also shave they're livers.

    • Word count: 1460
  10. "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman - review

    He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time. "The Amber Spyglass" brings the conspiracy of "The Golden Compass" and "The Subtle Knife" to a heart stopping close, marking the third and final volume as the most powerful of the trilogy. Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear. In "The Amber Spyglass" we are introduced to a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spy-master to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel.

    • Word count: 1045
  11. Literary criticism of the literacy elements in "the Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien

    Its characterization helps them relate to the fifty year old hobbit. The moral is also at two different levels. For adults, it would be the destruction of greed as well as the complications of rights. Tolkien gives this message through Thorin who is on his death bed," If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell" (273)! At a child's level, it would simply be you shouldn't fight over who owns what (Kocher 48). The Hobbit definitely contains messages to two very different audiences.

    • Word count: 1460
  12. How does Book Four of Lord of the Rings illustrate the view that a convincing character should not be wholly good or evil, but a mixture of both?

    But its going to Him, yes, nearer every step. What's the hobbit going to do with it we wonders, yes we wonders' " This quote is from a debate that Gollum/Sm�agol has with himself. It shows how Sm�agol doesn't know what to do, or what is right. He tries to argue that one thing is right, but then is unsure and knows it's wrong. Sm�agol character is inconsistent throughout the whole play. It is possible that Tolkien has done this to make us question whether Sm�agol is good or evil, or neither.

    • Word count: 1243
  13. Knights in the Middle Ages.

    (Harding 164-170.) If the page showed promise, the next step in training is at the age of fourteen when he is considered full grown, he is made a "squire." The most important duties of a "squire" were to care for his knight's horses and armor. The squire had to become accustomed to heavy armor. The squire would ride with his knight to battle carrying the knights extra weapons. He was to stay near in the case the replacement weapons were needed.

    • Word count: 1975
  14. People's first impressions of the ogre Shrek.

    This shows what Shrek thinks of the happy ending of the book. Early on in the play the producers of Shrek use modern rap music in the background, which gives an indication that this is no ordinary fairy tale. Shrek seems like a traditional ogre because after the introduction to Shrek is done it shows a different side to his personality. He intimidates the villagers who were plotting to kill him by doing both the normal and expected way and the unexpected way. The normal way, that you expect Shrek, an ogre to do, is roar at them and scare them away, which he does and succeeds doings, but he does not eat them.

    • Word count: 1105
  15. Shrek - how do the makers change the traditional fairy tale?

    that's ever going to happen," a toilet is flushed, the romantic music cuts off and is quickly replaced by modern, rock music. The ogre then bursts onto the scene in an array of comical sequences with squash his reputation as a hideous beast. His entertaining, well-known voice of Mick Myers and the colours of greens and brown let the audience know Shrek is not going to be a typical fairy tale creature. When the people from the village set out to catch the ogre with pitchforks and torches, low lighting is used throughout the scene making it seem scarier.

    • Word count: 1653
  16. Norse, Teutonic, or Scandinavian mythology

    From that union, Odin, Vili, and Ve were born. Growing tired of Ymir's brutality and the growing band of frost giants, Odin, Vili, and Ve took up arms and slew Ymir and all the frost giants, excluding Bergelmir and his wife who fled across the sea. Odin and his brothers then threw the corpse of Ymir into Ginnungagap. Ymir's flesh became the earth, his unbroken bones mountains, his teeth and jaws rocks and boulders, his blood rivers, lakes, and the sea, and his skull the sky held at the corners by four dwarfs.

    • Word count: 1814
  17. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - An analysis of the portrayal of Frodo and the Shire.

    Frodo sitting under a tree alone also suggests that he is a solitary person. Music and sound effects are two very important features in a film, which need to be addressed carefully and skilfully. The theme music for the Shire is particularly effective as it is a soothing and peaceful theme. It is very relaxed and happy - almost natural. 'The Shire Theme' is a combination of flute and strings; this gives us a rural, pastoral feel and reminds us of folk and Gaelic music. This Shire theme is not only associated with the Shire, but with Frodo, as well.

    • Word count: 1373
  18. How Effective Is The Promotional Media For The Lord Of The Rings - Return Of The King.

    Then it starts to redeem itself, showing Aragorn and Legolas talking in the dark, and flashbacks of the Ring, the forest and Gandalf. Straight after this they show some evil-looking black dragons swooping down towards the land. The way these couple of shots have been done is decidedly good, and definitely makes up for the poor start. It gives a feeling of the past, like something happened long before, that now they're about to find out about an old terror that once reined.

    • Word count: 1044
  19. In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the Prince rescues the Princess and they live happily ever after. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, revealing the ogre as good, the Prince as ev

    From this we can tell that Shrek is a nice friendly harmless beast. A few scenes later Shrek and Donkey meet for the first time in the film. Donkey's first impression of Shrek is that he is scared but later finds out that Shrek is harmless and starts to make friends with Shrek but Shrek finds Donkey annoying by singing, making comments and constantly talking. From this we can see that Shrek is not as frightening as he should be.

    • Word count: 1821
  20. In 'Shrek' the roles of traditional fairy tale characters are switched.

    Donkey runs away and hides behind the great green figure that is Shrek. Shrek frightens the knights away and Donkey begins to trail Shrek. Shrek gets annoyed so he roars at Donkey who responds, in a comic way 'Wow if that didn't work then your breath did cus your breath Page 1 of 2stinks!' This gives the audience that Donkey is not one bit intimidated by Shrek being an ogre. Donkey proves this when Shrek shouts to him 'What am I?!'

    • Word count: 1268
  21. How effectively do the opening scenes of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' create an atmosphere of fantasy and intrigue?

    But which film is truly superior? The 'Harry Potter' books are credited with saving the genre and introducing it to a wider audience, with their accessible storylines and language. However, The 'The Lord of the Rings' is widely believed to be the grandfather of all modern fantasy novels, despite earlier efforts, foremost those of William Morris (of wallpaper fame) and Lord Dunsany. Before the publication of the trilogy, in the 1950s, fantasy writing rarely reached publication. Traditional settings for fantasy films include mostly parallel universes, and other worlds, where the normal rules of reality need not apply.

    • Word count: 1770
  22. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse the tradition of fairytales to reveal the ogre as good and the prince as evil?

    No one knows about this, apart from Donkey who found out accidentally. Shrek then saves the day, by interrupting Lord Forquaad and Fiona's wedding ceremony and telling Fiona his true feelings. These two kiss which releases the spell on Fiona and she turns into a beauty... which happened to be an ogre! Then Fiona admits that she is an ogre and explain the story to Shrek. Shrek and her then live happily ever after. In the first rescue scene it is fairly conventional. For example it is set in a castle, there is a dragon living there and princess Fiona is awaiting her rescuer.

    • Word count: 1664
  23. The Ancient Egyptians.

    His father was a poor draughtsman who taught his son to draw at home. Howard showed promise at copying detailed work and at 17, under the recommendation of Lady Amherst, was tracing inscriptions in ancient Egyptian tombs along side Professor P.E Newberry at Beni Hasan. The following year (1892), Carter had his first experience of excavation when he accompanied Sir Flinders Petrie to El-Amarna. It was with the meticulous Petrie, Carter learned the principles and methods of archaeology that were to stand him in good stead in the future. In 1900, Carter was appointed Chief Inspector of Monuments of Upper Egypt with the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamen's final resting place, under his jurisdiction.

    • Word count: 1809
  24. How does "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings" use techniques to create interest for the audience and introduce the film?

    Whilst she is talking, we see the action on screen mirroring her words as well as an "ancient" map, which points out where in Middle Earth the different races of life live. We are then taken to a panning shot of a huge battle scene in which the keeper of the last remaining ring is defeated. From then on filming follows this one ring as its new owner is ambushed in the forest and the ring drops to the riverbed, then as a creature known as Gollum finds it. This sequence of filming ends when Bilbo Baggins finds the ring.

    • Word count: 1766
  25. Compare and contrast the complete theatrical trailers of the movies 'Lord of the Rings-Return of the King' and 'Pearl Harbour' and evaluate on a whole the effectiveness of these pieces of visual media…

    Fighting is done by sword and shield, man against monster, with skilled displays of archery and siege equipment. The men are all fighting a complete battle of good verses evil, where the fate of the world rests on one character's shoulder, who holds the item that will mean that evil will triumph, as he continues to embark upon the quest to destroy the one ring. He may be the most important character, but throughout the film there are displays of heroism by men fighting selflessly to defend middle-earth for future generations to come.

    • Word count: 1977

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?
  • In this essay I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad and write about how the film makers use different interpretations making Shrek as good and the Prince as evil to create an unusual fairytale.

    "After analysing the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, I have come to the conclusion that although Shrek seems like a traditional ogre he is not. Shrek has the Donkey and other friends, he rescues Princess Fiona, which is really a knights job and finds true love by marrying Princess Fiona. Although Lord Farquaad looks like a lord, his actions suggest that he is evil. He tortured the gingerbread man, he stole Shreks swamp, he made the knights fight Shrek, rejected the princess when he found out after sunset she becomes an ogre but he still wanted to become king. He is an extremely lazy and selfish person. The story of Shrek uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations this makes a good film not just because of the devices that the film makers use to influence the viewers. The viewer feels that Shrek is a far nicer character than Lord Farquaad even though by glance does not look like he is. Lord Farquaad looks important but is a bitter, twisted evil person."

  • In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how film makers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairytale.

    "After analyzing the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, I have come to the conclusion that although Shrek seems like a traditional orge he isn't because Shrek has friends like Donkey, normal orge's would probably have eaten the Princess not rescued her, Shrek also falls in love with the Princess and Shrek and Princess Fiona get married. Although Lord Farquaad looks like a Lord, his actions suggest that he is evil. Examples of Lord Farquaad's evil side is when he tortures the gingerbread man, when he dumps all the fairytale creatures in Shrek's swamp, he gets the knights to try and beat up Shrek and when he sees what Princess Fiona looks like when the sun goes down he says 'Get that out of my sight' and because he wants to become king so bad he says the marriage is legal. The story of Shrek uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations, so that by the end of the film the viewers know that 'Shrek' is a modern fairytale, because the characters of Lord Farquaad and Shrek have been switched. What I learnt from this story is that the times are changing and that fairytales are becoming modern and all the characters are switched or the story plots change."

  • Shrek - In this essay, I am going to analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, and write about how filmmakers use different presentational devices to create an unusual fairy tale.

    "After analysing the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad, I have come to the conclusion that although Shrek seems like a traditional ogre he is really a kind, loving soul who has good friends, rescues the Princess without causing much harm to anyone and finds love and gets married. Although Lord Farquaad looks like a Lord, his actions suggest that he is evil. He steals Shrek's swamp and makes him rescue Princess Fiona to get it back, he tortures the Gingerbread Man, rejects the Princess when he finds out he secret and falsely claims kingship. The story of Shrek uses presentational devices to reverse our expectations, so that by the end of the film the viewers know that Shrek is the good guy and Lord Farquaad is the evil guy. Perhaps the message of the story is that you can't judge a book by the cover."

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