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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.

    • Word count: 1874
  2. 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.

    • Word count: 1244
  3. 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.

    • Word count: 1377
  4. 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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  5. "The Siege" Explore how Dunmores novel vividly conveys that, in a siege, fellow citizens are sometimes as dangerous as the enemy.

    People are desperate to survive; they would do anything in order to keep themselves alive. This means that in many cases, people's morality is suspended. People steal food from one another and attack one another. It's the desperation that the siege causes that makes people change both mentally and physically. The scene where Anna goes to the bread queue is a significant scene because it shows how the siege is changing people's reactions and feelings towards one another. In this scene, Anna is queuing up for bread as normal, but then a woman ahead of her doesn't feel well so Anna tells her to sit down and rest.

    • Word count: 1361
  6. In Anne Donovans short story All That Glisters, the main characters personality change is effectively shown, and a touching story is unveiled.

    However, when Clare comes to know that her father has died, and that she could not do anything about it, she feels a bit of regret that she was unable to make things better. Nonetheless, by the end of the story, Donovan transforms Clare's character into a mature and sensible girl who is able to make her own decisions. Donovan effectively characterises Clare as an immature yet innocent child who is unable to face the reality of her father's death.

    • Word count: 1618
  7. Oh Mary Dont You Cry Any More. The short story by Fay Weldon is about a small family of three, the mother Shirley and her daughters Gracey and Lisa, their life on the small island Tasmania and it is about their attempt to achieve happiness.

    He had been the family's main income, as Shirley doesn't work. The father, having started a new family on the mainland, doesn't visit much nor is he generous in paying alimony. When the girls don't have a father figure, it is Shirley's responsibility to raise the girls. Shirley wants to raise them to be optimistic and she tries to make sure, that they don't suffer from her mistakes, in regard to their 'dad'. Shirley feels that Tasmania is paradise and that it will always protect her and the girls, but Gracey is skeptic; she's seen how hard and inhumane the pretty island can be.

    • Word count: 1110
  8. A Journey is a story written by Colm Tibn in 2006. The story is about Mary, her family and their problems.

    David is suffering from a depression and Mary does not know why, neither can she figure it out. Mary seems to be a good and careful mother "She dreamed for a second that they had not sold it and thought that working there every day might help David" Even though if it seems like Mary has been a good mother, she still has not spend a enough of her time with David when he was child. "Mrs. Redmond, who lives in a nearby cottage and whose husband died just after David was born, came in every day to help and

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  9. Analysis of two stories from Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected".

    Foster. Then she calls a guy, which can come and fix their lift. You would think that Mrs. Foster is the main character in this story, because we are following her life and the story starts up with an introduction of her. But at the same time, we are also introduced to Mr. Foster right after, and in the end of the story, you wonder if it actually was Mr. Foster, that we were supposed to keep up with, because he is kind of the victim in the end. Almost like we are told about how he died in their lift, because of his lunatic of a wife.

    • Word count: 1538
  10. Old man and the sea essays. In the book " The old man and the sea" by Ernest Hemingway we are introduced to the main character, Santiago. Santiago showed that he possessed three characteristic traits

    The old man asked for the help of no one, for he was very resourceful did fine without the others. Santiago learned how to make due with the supplies and equipment that he had on hand at the time. On the boat while he is battling the mighty fish, he is able to deal with limited food and drink. When he realizes that he may be out at sea for a longer time than he expected he rations his supplies while using the remaining fishing line to catch some fish which he can use to supplement his daily rations.

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  11. Comparison of 'harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' and 'Aice in Wonderland'

    dark wizard whose name is not mainly said and called 'You know who' because of how much the other wizards fear him. From this point on, Harry leaves the Dursleys and moves into a completely opposite world where he is a very famous figure and attends Hogwarts, a school that teaches witchcraft and wizardry. Throughout the book, Harry faces opposition from almost wherever he goes. 'Alice in Wonderland' is about a young girl who finds herself in an unfamiliar and an extraordinary, mystical world known as 'Wonderland'.

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  12. In this essay I will be comparing two of Rohal Dahl's short stories which will include different language techniques to how he shocks, entertains and intrigues the reader.

    This creates a nervous atmosphere for Billy which is rather entertaining. Billy thinks that she is a crazy landlady "landlady appeared to be slightly off her rocker didn't worry Billy in the least". In the Lamb to the Slaughter it's funny how the leg of lamb is brought up in conversation after Mrs Maloney has used the meat to kill her husband. Mrs Maloney went to the groceries to get some peas. The grocer Sam says "what about meat" to which Mrs Maloney replies "no thanks I have a nice leg of lamb from the freezer".

    • Word count: 1161
  13. Compare two of Palins meetings with people who are particularly memorable.

    The use of language in these sections is effective because Palin portrays his attitude towards women. He does this by using a superlative to highlight his meeting with Lyuba. Palin also reinforces that he does not take Lyuba very seriously when he uses alliteration, "lovely Lyuba", when he calls Lyuba "proprietress of the bar" he then implies a certain attitude towards women. This is because of the use of the word proprietress, meaning lady of the bar. This is also a contrast to Palin's usual persona as Palin doesn't normally criticize or seek to be sexist/ politically incorrect.

    • Word count: 1183
  14. English Comparison

    Whilst the girl and her family are eating dinner someone comes to tell her mother that she has deliberately spoilt Paula's snowsuit. Again, the image of 'a cold draught' (l. 151) suggests that this is frightening and unwelcome news. Paula of course denies that it was deliberate, but her Uncle Frank and her Mother don't believe her and even she sounds to herself as though she's not telling the truth. Darkness is a key image from the end of the story that reinforces the child's feeling of loneliness and sadness as she lies alone in her room.

    • Word count: 1299
  15. Life of Pi

    Also, readers start to believe that Pi is Richard Parker because the tiger arrives at the time when Pi needs him the most and disappears when Pi is rescued and the tiger is no longer needed. From the point Pi and Richard Parker are on the boat together their companionship grows and their bond strengthens as they are both equally dependent on each other for survival. This section explores the theme of religion and belief in God, "God, give me the time..."

    • Word count: 1218
  16. Pan's Labrynth - Captain's Task

    "In all my life, I have never seen a women disrespect a man so acutely." Mercedes stared at his back for several minutes before springing into action. "I have hated you ever since I met you. You make me sick. How could such a man treat his family like a group of cockroaches? Only a fool would act the way you do." "Listen here you spiteful little rodent. I am a well respected man and if you want to live, my sweet, I suggest you start changing your atrocious attitude towards me."

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  17. DA VINCI CODE ESSAY

    Unlike the other novels, "The Da Vinci Code" begins with an action scene, leaving the reader curious. The title "The Da Vinci Code" indicates another code- breaking plot however it leaves readers wondering, what code is to be solved? The word "code" is quite vague and could imply there is a secret waiting to be unleashed. Dan Brown added the phrase "The Da Vinci" before "code". "Da Vinci" is short for Leonardo da Vinci, a great painter, inventor and writer. A reader will be aware of this because Da Vinci is famous. Even though Da Vinci was regarded as a skilled engineer, none of his works linked to puzzles and codes.

    • Word count: 1601
  18. Explore the ways in which Collins presents the relationships between men and women in The Moonstone. Do male or female characters have more influence in the novel?

    This aspect of Rachel's character and personality is shown many times in the novel, for instance, when she refuses to talk about the diamond for Franklin Blake's reputation would be shattered if she spoke. This gives the reader the impression that Rachel values her friends and family and she is a women of her word. This adds suspense to the novel and greatly effects the plot as if she had revealed what she knew then Franklin Blake would have been arrested and would not have had a chance of defending himself, resulting in the Moonstone never being found and Godfrey Ablewhite getting away, with no consequences.

    • Word count: 1976
  19. Sherlock Holmes

    Because of this, Doyle brought back the character and his side kick Watson back from the shadows. Doyle managed to keep his audiences interested in Sherlock Holmes by cleverly making a flawless idea. This was to release different stories every month instead of keeping one story and carrying it one month after month. This was a clever and successful philosophy because Conan Doyle knew that if he stuck to one story then people would lose interest because people who missed an issue wouldn't buy the next one whereas if he made a new story every month then people would still buy the issue every month as they didn't miss anything.

    • Word count: 1787
  20. Examine how James creates the atmosphere and tension of a ghost story in the opening chapters of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw

    In Victorian times these were key elements to a ghost story. In modern day times we expect different things though, a weird twist and a different plot, otherwise people will think it is boring and not really scary because we can predict what is going to happen. Henry James's story is more like a modern ghost story in this respect. The prologue builds tension straight away. In the very first sentence, the author commands the readers' expectations of the story by telling us that this will be a frightening tale. "The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless" - this makes us wonder - how could a story make us feel like this?

    • Word count: 1707
  21. English Essay - Lord of the Rings

    He was the person who had the 'one ring to rule them all', but eventually he had to hand out this one ring on his birthday to his nephew 'Frodo Baggins'. As this happened 'Gandalf the Grey' had warned Frodo to leave 'The Shire' for safety otherwise the 'Ring Wraths' would turn the village upside down to dig out the ring. Gandalf also warned Frodo to keep running, to never settle down in one place and to keep away from the roads because it would make it easier to hunt him out.

    • Word count: 1925
  22. English Coursework - Othello

    Though his reputation gets affected by these comments, his status shows him as a person worth respect. His true characteristics, that were described later on, interacted with his introduction "...my perfect soul..." I.2 page 65, another showed that he was a truthful and non-civilised character "Rude am I in my speech...blessed with the soft praise of peace" I.3 page 65, this goes against the elements that are needed for a person to be a general. Audience could understand that Othello is not really someone who can control, but someone who can be controlled because of these characteristics, which may lead to the tragedy.

    • Word count: 1645
  23. How does the writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman create a sense of unease and madness in her short story The Yellow Wallpaper?

    The narrator is nervous when writing because no one else must know. The writer conveys an atmosphere of unease between the narrator and her husband at the beginning of story when she writes 'John laughs at me'. This shows unease between the couple because her husband laughs at her the relationship is not right this shows that John does not respect her. This means the marriage is not right as he has no respect for his wife. Another way that the writer conveys a sense of unease between the couple is that the narrator writes 'John is a physician...

    • Word count: 1849
  24. Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    Clark cleverly uses the unvaried setting to give you a clear insight into the monotonous non-existence of Ken's life. Quadriplegia encages Ken's body within four square walls. But his mind remains acute, as he apprehends the struggle that lies ahead of him. Kens voice protests on the behalf of all the patients who's dignity, and self-determination is overruled by well-intention and expert opinion. Dr. Emerson poses as his main opposition, he is a doctor with much experience, and he is unquestionably loyal to his profession.

    • Word count: 1422
  25. We dont live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. How far does this quotation sum up Priestleys aims and concerns in An Inspector Calls?

    It was also his foreknowledge of Eva Smith's death which made us question who the Inspector really was in the play because since the Inspector came in to interrogate the Birlings, Eva had always been alive as Gerald had called up the infirmary asking about the death after the Inspector had left, 'No girl has died in there today. They haven't had a suicide for months.' More importantly, it was the confidence in the way the Inspector talked and how much he knew about the death before which made it seem as if he knew that Eva was going to commit suicide.

    • Word count: 1527

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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