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  1. Compare and contrast how the language and techniques used create characters, atmosphere and setting in The Red Room and A Vendetta

    The word "crushed" seems to show that after this event, the narrator has no hope of pulling back his rationality. There is a strange contrast between the characters, in that the narrator gives the impression at the start that he is not scared about the haunted room by saying he will only believe in a "tangible ghost". The word "tangible" shows that the narrator would need a ghost so realistic that not only could he see it, he could actually feel it.

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  2. Explore how women are presented in Veronica and King Schahriar and his brother

    Scheherazade lives what may seem a very envious lifestyle. Being the daughter of the "Grand-Vizier" she has high status amongst her people and lives a rich life of luxury. She is also very much loved by her family: "his eldest daughter, who was his delight and pride." Her father adores her and makes sure she has the best things in life, granting her the highest education and he values her greatly. Unlike Scheherazade, Veronica is depicted by Okeke (her friend and narrator of the story)

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  3. Shylock's contribution to the play and effective qualities, which are used for a dramatic conclusion

    The 'Merchant of Venice' is classed as a chaotic comedy. Nowadays we see this play as a piece of art from Shakespeare. The outline of the story is about Bassanio's love for Portia. He wanted money, so arranged to meet his good friend Antonio. Unfortunately all of his money was on board his ships, so the two men went to see a moneylender in Venice. When they arrived and met Shylock a Jewish moneylender, he refused to lend money to these two Christian men, due to the amount of aggravation Antonio has given Shylock over the years.

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  4. How is Shylock presented in Act IV Scene I in The Merchant of Venice?

    Shylock is also presented as an outsider in the court as everyone there is Christian apart from himself. This suggests that he may have felt like an alien amongst everyone, however he still was fearless. This may make a modern audience feel sympathetic towards him; however an Elizabethan audience may have enjoyed this, as they hated Shylock, as he was a Jew. Moreover, Shylock is shown to be a very fast thinker, because on page 157, Bassanio and Shylock are having a verbal battle between themselves in the court. Shylock tells us, before Antonio interrupts, "wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?"

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  5. The Idea of Kitsch in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

    In Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, kitsch is viewed from the perspective of Sabina and her point of view presents it very much as a disease, which wraps the masses in a kind of sentimentality that she considers corny. Sabina feels that this popular idealism forces people into embracing everything as positive, more or less taking away their ability to cope with real problems connected to life on Earth.

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  6. Why did Bradbury use the title There will come Soft Rains?

    Bradbury reflects his main plot around humans all dying out and the world and nature not even noticing. The history behind this could be the events of the atomic bomb. After the atomic bomb in 1945, pessimism would have hung in the air and Bradbury wrote about how humans would all kill themselves. In the text, many indirect but subtle references are made to the atomic bomb. The title has the word 'will', which makes it seem definite that the soft rains will come.

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  7. The Mind of a 9th Grader

    Andrews quoted 'this is a wonderful response to the art exhibition Rushad - one of the best I have seen. Your language and layout are first class.' This really boosted my confidence, and I am proud of my efforts this year. My second piece was my Travel Article on Cambodia. It was a long and tiresome process, with: one plan, two drafts and a final copy. However, the process gave me a chance to develop my writing and also to reflect upon the experience I had in Cambodia.

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  8. The Three Strangers: Analysis

    However although this action seems normal enough, it is in this section of the plot that Hardy subtly puts forward the first mysterious action. As the first stranger nears the house he for some reason stops besides the pig's sty before deciding to enter the house. This is unusual because why would someone want to shelter under the roof of a pig sty first before entering the better shelter and warmth of the house. He also looks about himself to make sure there is no one else there, another mystery.

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  9. Shakespeare Coursework - Henry

    This is shown when he asks Canterbury to explain to him whether he has a "just" claim to the French kingdom under the Salic law, and then reminds Canterbury of the consequences of war; showing his concern for his country and for his people. Henry uses clever rhetoric in order to win over his soldiers and men at times of need, his inclusive language joins his soldiers in union; he uses this rhetoric at the sights of the major battles to encourage patriotism and boost morale among the troops.

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  10. Compare how peoples reactions to poverty are treated in Pieces Of Silver and Red Ball

    We immediately assume that he is under fed, which proves to be the point later on in the story. In both stories we see that being poor is not only a big inconvenience comfort wise but also socially. The boys not rich enough to pay Mr. Megahey are scorned at by the rest of the school "cruel laughter" in "Pieces Of Silver". We see that the boys had been brought up to look down upon people poorer than them disdainfully. Bolan has the same sort of situation in "The Red Ball". He thinks that if the other boys realised he was too poor to pay for his food, then they will respect him less.

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  11. Catherine's diary - 'A View From The Bridge'

    Through stage directions Miller escalates tension by delaying Eddie's arrival. The scene starts off with stage directions, narrating Eddie first in the street, 'unsteadily drunk' and here miller's set design allows the audience to see Eddie's approach to the apartment. He then arrives at the apartment, looks around and takes out bottles from his jacket. By extending Eddie's arrival on stage and by revealing his shocking early comeback to the apartment, the audience is left feeling anxious. They can also anticipate Eddie's aggressive reaction when he finds out what is presumably happening in the bedroom.

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  12. How effective is the Barnardos Kim Vale advertisement?

    One of the main things that made the 'Kim Vale' advertisement so effective is the image. The picture covers up the whole advertisement space whilst the text is placed on the bottom right hand corner so doesn't detract from the significant imaging, therefore this shows how crucial it is to the campaign. The little girl standing on the street is presented in a bright white colour which stands out above all the other colour on the page, which will attracted the viewers to look at the image of her first.

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  13. How does Arthur Miller make act 2 scene 2 dramatically effective

    Eddie has always told me that I'm destined for great things. Many times he's said one day I'll be in a big office, in a place like Manhattan, working for one of the top lawyers - how great is that! He has always had faith in me, but sometimes it gets me worried, maybe I'll never live up to his standards. I'll always try my hardest to get his approval. A sudden noise from the college speakers brought me back to reality, it then called my name out to go to the principal's office.

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  14. How does shakespeare present dramatically effectiveness

    Also at the start of the scene Capulet creates an atmosphere of euphoria when he talks to the guests as well as when he forces the ladies to dance by saying "ladies that have their toes unplaugued with corns will have a bout with you" so that if they did not dance they would be admitting to having corns which would be embarrassing. When he talks to another Capulet he remembers the day when he could charm ladies and dance but now he is too old and he misses it ''tis gone, 'tis gone, 'tis gone'.

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  15. Private Peaceful Review

    The two boys then have to leave to join the army, or the Colonel threatens to throw them out. Charlie protects Tommo once again, as he had in school but this time in the face of greater danger. The book covers Tommo's life time but it counts down Charlie's last 24 hours until he is killed. What happened was ordinary to poor people in world war one, but is unusual to people nowadays. The opening of the story took some time to get into and was quite dull as we found out how Tommo's father died. At the start of each chapter there is a time that was counting down until Charlie was shot.

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  16. Compare and contrast The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs and The Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. How do the writers create suspense and tension?

    It makes you feel detached. This helps to keep the reader guessing. It also has a greater psychological impact. 'The Speckled Band' is written in a first person narrative. It is narrated by Watson, this is very effective in this story, and this is because Watson does not solve the mystery immediately, so is left to work it out when Sherlock Holmes already believes he knows the solution to the mystery. This helps build the suspense in the story. Watson also sees all of the mystery unfold throughout the story, so the reader does not miss anything.

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  17. Talking In Whispers Analysis

    The shadows also help to create a sinister feeling for the reader as it suggests the street is dark. This reinforces the writer's intention of creating a solemn and mysterious atmosphere to the scene. Another example of the writer's use of pathetic fallacy is "weak sunshine had succeeded the rain". The use of pathetic fallacy reflects the mood of the crowd as they watched Andres and his father's books being "shovelled towards the bonfire". Although "sunshine" has a positive effect on the atmosphere, the author adds a hint of withdrawal with "weak" to symbolize the hope of the Chileans. This strengthens the reader's hatred towards the Junta and their immense cruelty against the Chileans.

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  18. Hamlet's Diary

    What a shame! How is it possible that my mother is finished grieving? I mean it's only been one month and she's remarrying. At least Claudius should think, I mean late King Hamlet was his Brother! He is acting with haste. I do understand the position on which now lies upon him, but what I don't understand is how could they be already in love so soon after my very father's death?! I wonder what is gone wrong with mother, I'd like to give her a good shake and tell her to come back to her senses and stop doing whatever she's doing.

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  19. In these two short stories Turned and The Withered Arm; women are portrayed similarly in the nineteenth century.

    Also in this time most short stories would have been published in a magazine or a newspaper; although Charlotte Gilman published hers in a book. Thomas Hardy published his in a magazine called Blackward magazine. European and American women in the nineteenth century lived through a time where there was a gender in-equality. At the beginning of the century women had very little social, legal or political rights, that nowadays are taken for granted in western countries. In a case of a divorce, which was very rare, the women were very rarely given custody of the children and were not allowed to be highly educated.

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  20. An exploration of Shakespeares dramatic presentation Of Lady Macbeth.

    The fact that Macbeth sent a letter to his wife shows a strong link between them and it would seem that they really do love each other. This image can be summed up by the quote "my dearest partner of greatness". The initial tranquillity of Scene V disappears almost immediately due to the contents of the letter, Lady Macbeth's reaction to it and the inescapable link to the exciting witch's scene. Macbeth describes his encounter with the witches who foresaw that he would be king, "Hail, king that shalt be".

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  21. Explorer's Daughter

    The hunters did not use modern weapons such as rifles, which were much easier to use but had their belief in the harpoons which the previous generations have been using. The Inuit way of life is very primitive, their way of life is simple and their only hope of surviving is by hunting whatever they can find, this ranges from narwhales to seals. They hunt only to survive not for commercial purposes and they use every single part of the animal.

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  22. Suyuris Success as a Gion Geisha

    The first thing most people noticed about Sayuri was her eyes. Instead of being a dark brown like most Japanese people hers were a pale gray. The first time Sayuri met Mr. Tanaka, the man who would later sell her as a geisha, he said to her, " But what I really want to know is how you came to have such extraordinary eyes" (16). Sayuri was a very attractive girl anyway, but her eyes set her apart from all of the other girls. Sayuri had more then just beautiful features, she had a kind personality also.

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  23. Compared to The Winter Oak, the scene in Games of Twilight is quite the opposite. The interesting setting portrayed in The Winter Oak is a classroom is full of life.

    Desai also personifies the white walls which 'glared stridently', to suggest even the walls have conspired forcefully to set an adverse scene. These conditions are interesting as not many people live in areas with this 'arid', and hot conditions so it is unusual. The settings have an importance in creating an image of the scene in the reader's mind. Desai uses similes to create strange images of the setting and to show the impact of the heat. For example, 'birds still dropped, like dead fruit' and 'outside was like a tray made of beaten brass'.

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  24. The Winter Oak Analysis

    She jumps to conclusions about her students (especially Savushkin) and fails to see that the subjects she teaches do not touch the lives of her pupils. It is perhaps ironic that she corrects their language but doesn't always listen to what her students are saying. In the school section she comes across as efficient, but narrow-minded. However, by the end of the story she has developed into a more understanding (and likeable) character. The school section appears to be based on the conflict between a dedicated teacher and a difficult pupil, building up to a showdown with the boy's mother. However, the plot changes direction in the forest section.

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  25. The merchant of venice

    In addition they were often forbidden to own property or to engage in any other professions and were thereby forced into the business of usury, lending money for profit. Another example where shylock where shylock appears a villain is when shylock starts to sharpen his knife to cut up a pound of flesh of off Antonio's. Bassanio says "why dost thou thy whet thy knife so earnestly then shylock says. To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt here". Shylocks actions suggest that he is a heartless man without any feelings.

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