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    Discuss Nick Hornby s presentation of Marcus in chapters 1-10 of About a Boy

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    they should gel and stay together. "He'd once shared a toilet with Roger, when they were both busting for a pee after a car journey. You'd think that if you'd peed with someone you ought to keep in touch with them somehow." This logical thinking by Marcus suggest that he had thought about future with his mum and Roger, and that Roger would stay because of the family relationship that they all shared. The second reason why I believe he has a logical process is the pizza incident happens.

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    Dramatic Impact in Act 3 of The Crucible

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    which lowers the tension then Fransis shws his deposition and the tension and expectation rises again. Most of the act rises and falls in this manner. This technique emphasizes the dramatic points in the play because it sort of isolates them between parts that aren't so dramatic. All the little high drama points in the act are leading to the main one in the end. The 3 depositions, Nurse's, Giles's and Mary's, create huge drama in the way that they are presented and out hopes are raises that the court will see justice and then turned down by the court for a small reason.

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    Religion in Life of Pi

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    The second story is a story of "dry, yeastless factuality" (Martel 64). He shows that people who have faith will choose the fanciful story. By using the two different stories it becomes apparent that the fantastical version makes a better and more beautiful story. Pi tells the story of the animals so he can cope with the reality of the horrific truth. Martel asks, "...which story do you prefer?"(Martel 317). Martel wants there to be a choice between the two stories.

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    How does the character of Stanley Yelnats change in "Holes"?

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    He'd lost a lot of weight." This shows that his experiences digging holes and eating smaller meals from cans have made him thinner and fitter. His fitness has improved throughout the novel. Stanley and his father have always been very discouraged with luck, sometimes so much that they became, "so discouraged that they actually started to believe in the curse." Stanley relies on the curse as an explanation for all of his bad luck. The curse has apparently been in the family for generations, set because his great-great grandfather stole a pig from a gypsy.

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    Shadow of the minotaur essay

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    The main character in the book is a boy named Phoenix. At the start of the novel, he is not a very strong character; he gets bullied at school, he doesn't have many friends and the only thing that cheers him up is when he is playing guinea pig of 'the game': "Nobody would believe me when I told them what a freak of nature you are. Now they've found out for themselves... Go on free knickers, give us all a laugh.

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    Opinionative review on 'The Curious Dog in the Nighttime'

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    People shouldn't feel the need to change their opinions or feel any disadvantage because of the views or likes of others, nor should they be ridiculed for their choices and lifestyle. Just because a person has a disability or a different skin colour, doesn't mean they should be treated differently to others; they should be accepted as the unique human being that they are. Throughout the book, Haddon effectively used the most diverse characters to convey his messages. Haddon uses Christopher, a teenage boy suffering from autism, to convey his messages to the reader.

    • Word count: 844
  7. I am not Esther - Fleur Beale Q1: Describe a character relationship in your text and explain why this relationship is important.

    Uncle Caleb and his son Daniel come to pick up Kirby to take her to the cult. When I the cult, at first the relationship between Kirby and Uncle Caleb was very tense. Uncle Caleb would make the whole family pray for Kirby every time she disobeyed the family. Uncle Caleb has a very demanding attitude and must have it his way. Further on into the book we start to see Kirby giving into Uncle Caleb's ways. We she first arrives to the cult the family decide to replace her name with Esther.

    • Word count: 533
  8. In "Veronica" how does the writer present the character of Veronica?

    Yet Veronica still took "a lot of responsibility" to take her mother's place. This then shows that Veronica is being strong for others as she protects her siblings and mothers from being beaten as well as doing all the house work in place of her mother; accepting what is dealt to her and what is given to her and not asking for more as proven line 101-103 when it is shown that shoe doesn't envy Okeke going to study and that she is being optimistic. Although she is still being passive to herself as she takes in her father's beating and then goes on to do all the house work as well as take care of her siblings.

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  9. In the Necklace, How does Guy de Maupassant succeed in creating a story which is populated by vivid and intriguing characters?

    She blamed her not being happy with her life and being born in the wrong family (to "very minor civil servants") due to an "error of fate". This shows how little respect she has for her parents, how she doesn't even care for what her parents have done for her, how they have raised her till she was to be married. The fact that she was not happy with her life and was not getting what she wanted, she doesn't show respect for her husband either.

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  10. In the short stories A Great Day by Frank Sargeson and The Sniper by Liam OFlaherty the main characters are both murderers. In A Great Day, Fred is the character whom I found interesting

    Throughout the whole story, internal conflict confronts Fred. He continuously goes on and on about how Ken has the positive features when he has the negative features. It is obvious to the readers that Fred is jealous of Ken. Even though Fred is small and imaged strengthless, he is very cunning. The whole fishing trip was a plan to murder his friend Ken. In one of Fred and Ken's conversations, Fred talks about a fish in his hand and how it can't breathe when there is plenty of air around it.

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  11. This is a fictional school report about Christopher Boone from the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.

    Mrs.Gascoyne, 1+ Attainment, 1+ Effort English English is a subject in which Christopher has multiple strengths and weaknesses. He finds it challenging to imagine things that have not happened and therefore his fiction writing skills are limited. He clearly has an extensive vocabulary, and uses this in all his work with barely any grammar and spelling mistakes. However he likes to describe things how they are; this means that he writes simply and to the point. We are trying to help him understand how to embellish his work and portray things in manners that are not immediately obvious, for instance for advertising purposes.

    • Word count: 1009
  12. Two weeks with the Queen is a humorous novel written by Morris Gleitzman. Gleitzman positions the audience to view serious issues such as sibling rivalry, terminal illness and tolerance in a humorous way.

    This is first shown when Colin's brother Luke, gets what he wants for Christmas but Colin doesn't (pg 2-6). Instead, he receives a pair of leather school shoes. Colin becomes jealous, annoyed and a bit upset. He shows spitefulness to Luke and tries to make his parents feel guilty. To make things worse, next thing he knows, Luke is getting to go on an ambulance truck (pg 7-8), then a helicopter (pg 23-26), but what Colin doesn't realise is that the rivalry he shows towards Luke is blinding him from realising that Luke is really sick.

    • Word count: 437
  13. The short story The Voyage written by Katherine Mansfield is about a young girl named Fenella Crane who travels to Picton with her grandmother on the night ferry from Wellington.

    Phrases like "her luggage strapped into a neat sausage" and "he looked like a baby fly that had fallen into the cream" indicates Fenella's childlike, vivid imagination by giving a simple comparison. She might be showing her feelings of insecurity onto the boy. This sense of being helpless is also repeated when later on the stewardess refers to Fenella as a mite. Mansfield uses the third person narrative technique because it gives the readers some insight to Fenella's feelings and anxiety about the death of her mother.

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  14. Bernard MacLavertys A Time to Dance is a short story which engenders a feeling of sympathy for the main character.

    The Skelly's home environment is described to be a rough and tough "scheme": "He kept tramping on tin cans and heard them trundle emptily away. Broken glass crackled under his feet." This tells us that the area Nelson and his mother currently reside in is covered with litter that no one has bothered to tidy up and it is a clearly a very run-down part of Edinburgh. When Nelson tries what it would be like to be blind by walking down the street wearing two eye patches, he describes how people approach him: "Slowing down as if they were going to attack him in his helplessness, then walking away."

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  15. Mark Zusaks novel The Book Thief is basically showing what life was like in war torn Nazi occupied territory being an anti-Hitler person.

    Rosa's attributes display her soft heart, as she shows the beauty of war to Liesel. She displays this when she was hugging Han's accordion with all of her love. Liesel understands that her mother is in a deep depression about Han's going into the war. Liesel knew her "Mama would be walking around with the imprint of an accordion on her body." (429) Rosa's traits were also able to show Liesel some wonderful experiences, as Liesel put it, "There was also an acknowledgement that there was great beauty in what she was currently witnessing and she chose not to disturb it."(429)

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  16. In his novel, So Much to Tell You, John Marsden [IS1] presents a traumatised teenager who makes progress[IS2] through friendship[IS3] . Important friendships Marina encountered include those with school friends, her councillor, Mrs Ransome

    Marina has experience a traumatic accident that has resulted significant scaring to her face. It seems that as a means of coping with the trauma she has opted not to speak. However, her feelings about her mutism are ambivalent. Marsden[IS9] presents her feelings on her silence as 'always my fortress, sometimes my prison[IS10].' These metaphors[IS11] are highly effective; a fortress suggest a fortified building that is impregnable and invulnerable to intruders and this suits Marina as she feels protected by her silence. Oh the other hand, prison is also apposite (fitting) because it suggest a state of isolation and punishment and sums up the way Marina sometime feels.

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  17. A selfish and bitter old woman. To what extent would you agree that this is a valid assessment of Barbara, as she is portrayed in Notes on a Scandal" by Zoe Heller?

    Barbara is quite dedicated to her work; she is a professional history teacher and has been teaching for over forty years, which is bound to make the readers think that she has a good experience in what she does. She's a very realistic person and is quite serious in what she does and is a little defensive most of the time. We see this when the headmaster of St. George's corrects her on something he asked her to do and they both know she was right in saying what she said.

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  18. I believe the main theme in Flannery O'Connors's short story, Good Country People is approval; everyone wants to believe that they are beautiful and we seek approval from both our parents and friends.

    To me this story depicts the real meaning of life and how you can be happy with your own self, disability or not. By changing her name to Hulga I believe that Joy not only accepts herself but realizes that not everyone is meant to be made perfectly. Hulga's main accomplishment is her education, a Ph. D in Philosophy. Joy's mother, Mrs. Hopewell did not like the fact that her daughter had gotten a Ph. D in Philosophy. " My daughter is a schoolteacher, or even my daughter is a chemical engineer.

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  19. The narrator tells the story, The Yellow Wallpaper as if she were reading it from a journal,

    detail or the narrator could of forgotten parts of the story or telling it in the way she wanted things to happen. As well she is mentally unstable therefore we have one viewpoint of the story that may not be interpreted in the same way as if it were from someone 'normal.' The irony is the idea that we have the knowledge of the narrator virus the knowledge of the characters in the story. The narrator is naturally the most reliable source in a story, considering their point of view their the ones who present us with the facts.

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  20. In Carvers The Cathedral, the narrator throughout the story keeps judging the blind man before and after he meets him.

    A beard on a blind man! Too much, I say" (Carver, 2006, p. 79). The wife keeps getting mad at the narrator, because she keeps thinking that he keeps telling this silly blind jokes, when actually he's just trying to be nice to Robert and have a normal conversation with him. This can be seen when the narrator asks Robert on which side of the train was he sitting which then the wife reacts to it by saying: "What a question, which side!"

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  21. In "The Tulip Touch" by Anne Fine was Tulip born evil?

    In other words, unlike some people who behave in an evil way as a result of their stupidity, or some who have violent tempers, Tulip has the intelligence to make her own judgements based on all her surroundings. Although her home life may be grim, she should not be prevented from defining right from wrong; there are people who act in the right way, and Tulip could follow in their footsteps. Life outside of her home should depict the way in which people are supposed to behave; Tulip is able to see this yet she does not behave appropriately.

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  22. In Araby, a lot of attention has been on the character who is an unnamed boy.

    The boy loves her but doesn't have the courage to say it. When he reaches the bazaar, seeing only one stall he realizes how foolish he is. He has never been to this bazaar before and after seeing only one stall and the lady who is rude to him realizes this is a foolish place to hang out. He waited all week to come here and he is very disappointed at himself to have fallen in love with Mangan's sister and he realizes that she will never love him.

    • Word count: 516
  23. Why Cold Mountain is Considered a Modern Classic.

    Cold Mountain also isn't too far off in the past that the reader can't relate to or understand the setting, vernacular, or various types of characters in the story. Because of these added factors Cold Mountain isn't just a classic novel; it is more resembling of a modern classic The major reason which makes Cold Mountain a modern classic is how closely the conflicts the characters have within themselves or others around them and those of what the readers might deal with as well.

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  24. Review of "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway.

    But the strong bond between the boy and Santiago was never gone. Santiago strongly determined and with hope risks all and takes his skiff far out into wide ocean trying to catch a fish. He hooks a big marlin that pulls him even further from the coast, but after a mythic three-day struggle he succeeds to kill it.

    • Word count: 467
  25. my speech on the main themes in the novel "The Chrysalids"

    mutagenic chemicals, such as transposons, can insert harmful chemicals that can alter the gene's activity. It can also occur due to the error that occurred during DNA replication, mutations that are inherited, novo mutation and Viruses which can replace a part of the DNA with their own. Erica: Some of the examples from the past include, the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which releases large amounts of radioactive contamination affecting almost all of Europe. Everyone is affected, both animals and humans alike. Jacqueline: Examples from the novel include Sophie Wender, Gordon Storm and other deviations.

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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?
  • Compare and contrast the two pairs of lovers in 'Much Ado about Nothing'. Consider their attitudes, actions, language, love and audience reaction to their stories.

    "In conclusion the play illustrates a kind or irony. The young passionate relationship between Hero and Claudio based on shallow first appearances deepens. As Claudio matures he begins to appreciate Hero as a real person when he realises her innocence and finally marries her. Beatrice and Benedick's innate love is cemented, when in the final scene, they begin to realise the game they have been playing and see each other for who they really are. Benedick finally silences Beatrice with a kiss, and thus like all Shakespeare's comedies the play ends in marriage between the two couples, allowing his audience to return home satisfied and in good spirit. BIBILOGRAPHY 1. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare - Arden (2001) 2. Much Ado About Nothing - Film starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannagh. 3. Much Ado About Nothing - York Notes (1980) 4. Much Ado About Nothing - Spark Notes 5. Internet www.gcseguide.co.uk"

  • an inspector calls- discuss the dramatic affect the inspector has upon the play

    "In conclusion, all of the drama in the play is either directly related to the Inspector or is involving the Inspector. He disrupts the Birling household immensely; he leaves the foundations of the family shattered. One of the clever things the Inspector does is; instead of breaking the family down by telling them they are awful people and that they have killed a young, innocent girl. He gives them some facts, tells them how they were involved and then he lets them work out in their minds what they have done and how they can avoid a similar situation in the future. ."

  • Compare the beginnings of Uncle Ernest and Brighton rock.

    "In conclusion, I mostly enjoyed the opening of Brighton Rock by Graham Greene because I was kept interested throughout and I wanted to read the rest of the story to find out what happens to Hale and if he really gets murdered. I also want to get to know the character better because I feel I know nothing about him. The author writes the story well because the techniques he uses help to build the suspense. I did not really enjoy Uncle Ernest and I wasn't inspired to read on because there was little action and I already knew lots about the main character. Allegra Gacsall"

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