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    Describe the room you're in.

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    Time moved slower than I'd ever known it, it was gradually approaching 2:24am. There still remained a constant murmur of Freddie Mercury - telling me he could dim the lights and sing me songs full of sad things- his voice leaked aimlessly from the 2 white headphones lying forgotten on the bitterly cold tiled floor. My dog sat protectively at my feet, staring at me. Awfully tired, but reluctant to leave me to sit alone. I edged forward on the settee, the music seemed louder from there. The distinct scent of the condolence flowers, which lay in a tattered heap on the coffee table in front of me, under my tear-drenched scarf, danced through both of my nostrils.

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    stand by me

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    The next shot is a close up shot because it shows the whole face of the man in more detail and you can tell that by seeing his expressions he is really sad or something bad has happened and he is upset over it. It looks like he is remembering something from his past - he looks really depressed and lonely. The next shot is a close up / extreme close up, they are showing a newspaper with the heading "attorney Christopher Chambers fatally stabbed in restaurant."

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    How does Browning convey the different voices of the speakers in The laboratory and My last duchess

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    says "devil's smithy" this hatred is directed towards a unknown person at first , "which is the poison to poison her , prithee?". Browning creates an image of a woman full of life rejoicing in death of the one "who laughs at me [her-the voice]" and so the loathed one is still unknown. The passion in the voice is conveyed through visual imagery of "tears [that] flow" which shows the voice is full of emotion and comments such as "fled to the drear empty church" this adds to the mystery since religion and devoutness are entangled in a deadly concoction.

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    The role of animals in The Unbearable lightness of being

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    that "this was not the most ordinary of bodies; this was the most extraordinary body" (155). On the contrary, "Karenin knew nothing about the duality of body and soul and had no concept of disgust" (297). Although Kundera does not entirely agree with Descartes, he noted that Descartes belives "when animals laments, it is not a lament; it is merely the rasp of a poorly functioning mechanism" (288). "Karenin always kept [Tereza] company." (284) He does not understand the concept of body and soul because his goal through his entire life is to serve and be loyal to his master, he does not need to satisfy anyone's sexual needs, and does not need to carry the unbearable weight that Tomas and Tereza have to carry.

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    Still I Rise vs I Too Sing America

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    Black history is "welling" over with tales of injustice - in The Hurricane, a true film directed by Norman Jewison, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit just because of the colour of his skin, and there are many more victims of racism just like him. Angelou concludes the wave metaphor with "I bear in the tide" to allow the reader to see that despite the black race being victims of slavery and racism, they are able to use their unique history to move forward in life to strive towards a more equal society.

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    Task- To discuss how Steven Spielberg uses cinematic techniques in the opening sequence of his film Jaws to create tension and suspense.

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    As a gigantic great white shark takes refuge in Amity Beach's waters, Police Chief Martin Brody and his two acquaintances must combine their expertise and set out to stop it, though all is not so simple; the mayor of Amity Island wants the beaches kept open for the surrounding businesses. Brody must win over the mayor in order to save innocent victims of shark attacks and keep Amity Island as a sought-after holiday destination. As in any film, the usual roles of film editor, director, and producers were taken; however, one of the most significant roles in Jaws was the music, composed by John Williams.

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    Letter to daniel

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    Throughout the letter Keane uses repetition. He says, " We had wanted you, and waited for you, imagined you and dreamed about you". Repetition of the word "you" reinforces the personal aspect of the letter and it also highlights Keanes feelings of joy and pride towards his son. The impact of his son's arrival is clearly shown when he says, " your coming has turned me upside down and inside out ... so much that seemed essential to me has ...

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    Autobiography - creative writing.

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    I will be forever grateful to her for teaching me how to read, write, speak and sing. Some incidents of that time, though, have gained their merit to be mentioned over the years, however horrifying they might have seemed then, they are now entertaining memories. It was early in the morning and my sister and I were washing our hands in the bathroom. Our mother had taught us the routine and everything appeared to make sense: rub the soap in your hands, yes, cover the wrists too, make sure all the dirt is gone and then wash with water until the hands are not slippery.

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    Act 1 Scene 3 the merchant of venice

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    Jews could not eat pork and they were also very mean with their money. They had to wear a gabardine, which is a traditional Jewish coat. Jews weren't treated with respect or acknowledgement. Also, both Antonio and Shylock are stereotypical so the conflict will be to the extreme. As Shylock enters, the audience are introduced to him by his quotes where he's tinkering with the bond. " Three thousand ducats, well." " For three months, well." He uses the word "well" which shows he's pondering this bond. His quotes are stated in an unsure tone of voice.

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    Journeys End coursework

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    Robert Cedric Sherriff was born in 1896, in Hampton Wick, Middlesex. He was educated at Kingston Grammar school, and he went on to become a clerk in an insurance office and then an insurance adjuster. After these jobs, Sherriff decided to join the army, like millions of other young men. He served as a captain in the 9th East Surrey Regiment in World War I, fighting at Vimy and Loos. He was severely wounded at Passchendaele near Ypres in 1917. It was these personal experiences during the war that translate into text in "Journey's End," making the play almost the memoirs of a veteran, and it lends authenticity to the play.

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    Othello Obituary

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    When he was young he was taken by the enemy and sold into a life of slavery but he managed to escape, explore the world and become a person in his own right, moving back to Venice and joining the military. You could say Othello was a successful since the day he joined the Venetian military, and the beliefs in honour he carried contributed to the respect he was shown.

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    Analysis of the opening of the Shrek movie

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    Certainly, they fit the criteria of what one would expect from an Ogre. We see him go through his morning routine in the first few minutes of the film. We can construe that the reasons as to why Shrek outwardly displayed such degrees of improper conduct could be as a result of him living alone. This essentially means that he can just be himself. In addition to his bad habits, we see how at tune with nature Shrek is. For example, when Shrek uses an insects' entrails as a toothpaste. That was not only a demonstration of one of his many bad habits, but also it was also a display of his adaptability to his environment and an embracing attitude of the natural environment to which he was disposed.

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    How Does Harper Lee Present Jem As Developing And Changing Over The Course Of The Novel?

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    as you can see the description of Boo it is one of an imaginative child. I think Harper Lee has chosen to include this portrayal of Boo from Jem to help show he is still very much a child, this therefore helps set up the aging process that is to follow. There are many small incidents that show signs of Jem maturing such as Jem eventually stopping all games involving Boo. This is because he matures enough to see Atticus' point of view, he tells his children to consider things from another point of view "You never really understand a

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    How does Shakespeare present the character of Hamlet?

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    the encounter revealing to him that the latter was murdered by his own brother and Hamlet's uncle Claudius. This is also the moment in the play which perhaps serves as the turning point, and also a change in directions for Hamlet as he takes it upon himself to avenge his father's death. It is also the point where Hamlet's character is observed to undergo a change from that of a moral and righteous character to one who realises that the causes of all moral dilemmas is perhaps the existence of Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. "That one may smile, and smile, and still be a villain" - This was Hamlet's spoken thoughts regarding Claudius as a result of his discovery.

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    How does Shakespeare make Act3 Scene1 of Romeo and Julliet dramatic for the audience?

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    We as an audience therefore know that the two feuding families (the Montague's and the Capulet's) are now related and so this installs a sense of hope that the families shall cease the fighting and call a peaceful truce. The audience are also curious as there have been many questions left unanswered for example will Romeo and Juliet tell their parents? And if so, how will this affect the relationship between the two families? Shakespeare evokes these emotions because they make the scene more dramatic and involve the audience into the script as they feel for the characters ignorance of the change of situation.

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    Halloween story

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    As I reached out to open the door, it suddenly opened out of its self. I got scared as the door opened slowly. I took a deep breath and gathered all my courage to walk in the house. The house was really dusty and had spider webs everywhere. I took little steps and looked around me a lot of times. My heart started to beat faster as I continued walking through the hall way. There were old paintings on the wall, all covered in dust. The door of the room at the end of the hall way was open.

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    How is tension and suspense built up in 'The Monkey's Paw' & 'The Signalman?'

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    There seems to be no danger within the house but the reader knows something is going to go wrong. When the old solider first enters the story suspense is built up "As the gate banged to loudly and heavy footsteps came towards the door." The introduction to new character builds up tension by not telling the reader who is trying to enter the house. The sergeant major is reluctant to explain what the monkey's paw is and tries to make out there is nothing special about the monkey's paw. "It's just an ordinary little paw dried to a little mummy" The word mummy builds up tension because they are associated with evil.

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    Stone Cold Critical Esaay

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    Link finds out that Gail is a journalist and she leaves him with only a few bank notes. The novel has two narrators and is told in the first person. Link and Shelter don't meet until the end of the book, but their stories interweave throughout the whole novel. One thing that Swindells does well is to show the personalities and feelings of the characters - particularly Link and Shelter - very well. The author uses the metaphor: "I was poised at the top of a downward spiral," to show how vulnerable Link feels and how he feels that the only way his life can go is down.

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    Most unlikley hero essay

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    Everyone slowly plodding to their seats as Mr Brown opened the door and announced "Lets start of with a test." What a way to start the year. I looked up to check the time thinking it was nearly the end of the lesson, but it had only been 20 minutes in. No one could really be bothered with the test; I could hear my brain cells knocking together as if they were nothing in my skull. I had forgotten all my knowledge over the holidays Everyone was bored, "Please can I go to the toilet sir?"

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    Luhrmann version of Act 1 Scene 5 brings it to life

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    The chirpy singing by Mercutio also vindicates my point. Secondly, Baz Luhrmann's use of music is very intricately chosen. At the very start of the party, we can clearly see Mercutio very lively and upbeat, dancing and singing along to a very apt, upbeat song, showing off the party atmosphere amongst everyone in the mansion. As we get further in into the play, we get a very slow, engaging piece of music played when Romeo and Juliet first meet (through a fish tank!), whilst Luhrmann has decided to drain out the party atmosphere noises in the background.

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    "Children of Men" vs "1984"

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    However as the film progresses a complete contrast to the city in the form of advanced advertising becomes present in the shot, it is through such advertising that many of the governments priorities are revealed throughout the film, even for them to go so far as to have their citizens wake up to an advertisement for suicide kits on the television. This presents the audience with the views and priorities of the government. Rather than spare funds towards helping its society the government chooses to advertise suicide kits for citizens who are unhappy with the state of the world the government has created.

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    Compare the ways "the open window" and "the landlady" deal with deception, and explain how suspense is created by the two authors.

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    The settings of both stories are very important to the way how suspense and deception are created. In "the landlady", it happened during the night. The author uses sympathetic background grab the reader's attention. During the night, many crimes are committed, murders, killing ect. Also the night setting helps the landlady to get hold Billy's attention using warm fires and charmingly arranged "willows" and pets. Raold Dahl also uses real places in England to help the readers to relate to themselves. In "the open window", Saki also uses sympathetic background to enhance the suspense and the plot of the story, the setting was in an imaginary "rural retreat" with "marshes" and "moor", just the right place to bring on a chain of unfortunate events.

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    Blade Runner and Frankenstein

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    Both texts seem to conclude that we are masters of our own misery - that by trying to transcend the natural order through science we have lost our balance and fallen from grace thus positioning us conclude that we are "of life" and that we should return to it. Being a romantic writer Shelley was disillusioned with the manner in which technology developments had lead to a loss in man's contact with the natural world. Due to the romantics seeing nature as a potential source of enlightenment they were weary that science and technology had/will cause a dislocation within what they considered the natural order.

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    Cry, the Beloved Country Compare and Contrast Essay

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    James Jarvis discovers that not all people are the same, in other words, he begins to respect the black race and is proud of his son's earnest efforts to in resolve issues dealing with racism. This changes Jarvis' outlook and approach towards different races. He begins to learn and appreciate all people. This sudden change in his thought process can be termed simply as a mental journey. Stephen Kumalo also undergoes a different journey involving many heartbreaking and emotional aspects of his life.

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    Book Review - Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows)

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    The trio is frequently without food and with winter approaching the task ahead of them only seems to get harder. Because of their lack of plan, lack of food, lack of progress, their spirits are often low and Ron especially becomes argumentative. One night, he and Harry get into an epic fight and Ron leaves to go back home. Harry and Hermione are devastated that he's abandoned them. They finally decided to revisit Godric's Hollow in search of clues, and once again they're almost caught by Voldemort.

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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?

    "Each writer Dickens and Stoker uses different methods to create a spine-chilling effect on the reader each could even be masters of horror and suspense, all the aspects that the gothic genre needs to be successful and "The Signal Man" and "Dracula's Guest" where very successful in that age and successful today in the study of literature .In conclusion after close analysis of both stories I have seen that both stories are great for maintaining tension and use techniques such as alliteration, pathetic fallacy and are good to create confusion among the readers. This wining combination gives the story a kick and keeps the reader engrossed in the story. I believe that stoker is perfect for building suspense and tension while Dickens plays on the reader's emotion by lulling them into a sense of security and then confuses them and then plays on their confusion."

  • To what extent are Guleri and Veronica victims of their cultures?

    "In conclusion, Veronica is a victim of her culture because from the beginning, she has been vulnerable and has had an unfortunate life. Since her childhood she was beaten and forced to work and look after the family. This may have led her to believe that fate is doing this to her and so she must go along with it. Even though all of her family moved away, she remained. This has, in time, made her a victim of the harsh culture and traditional pressure. Similarly, Guleri killed herself because her life was always quiet and peaceful, and she always went along with whatever she was told, but once Manak and his mother had decided she was going to break tradition, they indirectly killed her."

  • To what extent is ‘Empire of the Sun’ a rites of passage novel

    "As the book draws to a conclusion, it becomes clear that Jim has grown up. When he is reunited with his parents he realises that 'his mother and father had been through a different war,' showing that he was grown up and less dependant on his parents. He is also older and wiser, and realises how patient China have been, and he thinks that 'One day China would punish the rest of the world, and take a frightening revenge.' By the end of the book we have a full picture of Jim's difficult childhood. We can see that he has changed from the spoilt child, who goes to fancy dress parties in the middle of a war, and who can't possibly believe that someone could live in a room the size of his dressing room, to a young adult who has graduated from the 'University of Life', and who now realised that China would one day take a huge revenge. This change shows the reader that although thought of as a war novel, 'Empire of the Sun' is actually a Rites of Passage novel, and the war is just the time and place in which the story is set."

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