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  1. Lord of the Rings book report. Plot outline and themes.

    Later as they travel through the barrow-downs and Tom has to save them again, this time from the barrow-wights. Without further delays they go on to Bree. In Bree they go to the inn "the prancing pony" where they meet Strider, a ranger who convinces them to take him along on their journey. Together they leave for Rivendel. And after a close escape from the Black riders, from which Frodo got saved by Elrond and Gandalf, they reach rivendel. Second book In Rivendel a council is called upon by Elrond to discuss who will take on the quest and who will join him.

    • Word count: 3570
  2. Compare two film trailers, 'Lord of the Rings III' and 'The Gladiator'.

    The sound of the music and the scene is still quite fast and dramatic when a close up of an old man with a long white beard is shown beside a rock, his facial expression looks either sad and regretful or evil; the old man is shown in a rather luminous atmosphere. The clip is then followed by another scene, which consists of two or three dragons flying fiercely down towards a big castle; everything is still happening quite fast and the narrator says "the end has come" whilst a man is heading to climb a set of rocky stairs out in a open space.

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  3. The Ethereal Plane

    Especially by you Liwl, they are especially suspicious of the God of Assains and Thiefs. " For a moment he gazed upwards towards the top of the stairs, almost caustiosly. Then it passed, an air of confidence and power grew about him, and he grew in size as he, with a great sweep of his cloak, transcended the great staircase in one leap. He was closely followed by Liwl, who had climbed the stairs quietly, quickly, making sure to stay in the shadows.

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  4. Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad.

    The film 'Shrek' begins as if we are reading a book or a fairytale. The character Shrek is reading the fairytale story and roughly halfway through he exclaims "Yeah right!" and rips the page out of the book and consequently uses it as toilet paper! We are astonished as the viewers as we were expecting a conventional fairytale. There is a good use of toilet humour and it is aimed at children or teenagers. We know right from the start that Shrek is a nice character as he has a comical impact on the film.

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  5. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse the tradition, to reveal the ogre as good and the prince as evil?

    Many brave knights tried to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. So she sat in her tower and waited for true love, and true love's first kiss.' and the soft slow music in the background. Shrek then rips that page and wipes his bottom saying, 'like that's ever going to happen', with a Scottish accent. He then bangs the toilet door and then you notice a change in music and atmosphere. There is a sought of rock and roll music which suggest to the viewers that Shrek is not going to be a movie that they had expected it to be like.

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  6. Compare and contrast the poems "Cousin Kate" and "The seduction".

    The seduction is split into two parts and the young girl's emotions and feelings change drastically from the first part to the second. In the beginning of the poem the girl is put across as quite na�ve and blatantly childish, Immature and heavily reliant upon teen magazines for her information "reminded her of numerous stories from teenage magazines." As the poem goes on we begin to see that maybe this girl cannot separate real life from the fantasy she reads in these magazines.

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  7. Shrek - a review.

    The audience can now tell that this is not a conventional fairy tale. In the third scene of the story, rewards are being given for the capture of fairy tale creatures by Lord Farquaad's demand, as his orders are being carried out it gives the impression that he is a very imposing ruler. Many of the traditional fairytale creatures are visible in this such as the three bears, Pinochio. Many of these fairy tale creatures use lines from there stories for example baby bear (from the three bears) says ' my cage is far too small' and starts crying.

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  8. In this essay, I will be comparing the poems 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rossetti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley and also asking the question, "How do the two main female protagonists of the poem feel betrayed?"

    On the other hand both poems have distinct rhyme schemes. In 'Cousin Kate' and in 'The Seduction' the alternate line ending rhyme. The most obvious difference is the gap in eras. 'Cousin Kate' is a pre-twentieth century poem whilst 'The Seduction' is a more modern piece; these differences in time are obvious as a result of the actions and descriptions of the characters. No woman from the 1800's would have attended parties without a chaperone nor would they have drunk vodka and worn "high white shoes."

    • Word count: 3243
  9. Comparison of 'Cousin Kate' and 'The Seduction'

    The themes of the two poems are also very similar. They both talk about pregnancy and relationships. In both poems the women become attracted to men, become pregnant and are then left. In 'Cousin Kate' the maid is more worried about being left by the lord, as although her son is illegitimate she is proud of him. In 'The Seduction', the girl is more worried about becoming pregnant. This is because the girl isn't even 16 when she falls pregnant and feels she has missed out on her life. In both poems the male is in charge of the relationships.

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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?
  • 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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