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    Persuasive Writing: Charity Appeal Letters.

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    This trust then leads to support. Oxfam are looking for financial support from the reader. The reader needs to be convinced there is a strong reason to commit to Oxfam if they are to hand over part of their income. This is why a large part of the letter is dedicated to doing this. The various projects Oxfam helps to fund are laid out with basic detail given. Much of the article contains disturbing information which the reader may not be aware of. Much of this may shock the reader, shifting him or her into a snap decision to help Oxfam simply through surprise.

    • Length: 615 words
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    Persuasive essay, Cosmetic surgery teaches a wrong message about self image

    Most teens watch an average of 22 hours of TV a week and are deluged with images of fat-free bodies in the pages of health, fashion and teen magazines. The "standard" is impossible to achieve. A female should look like, and have the same dimensions as Barbie, and a male should look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Buff Baywatch lifeguards, the well-toned abs of any cast member of Melrose Place or Friends, and music-video queens don't help." We cannot simply sit back and accept that cosmetic surgery is the only viable solution for dissatisfaction with self-image.

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  3. The director James Cameron represents the conventions of the fantasy genre exceptionally well in the film which was released in 2009, Avatar.

    These are used mainly because the whole fantasy genre is based on the impossible or unbelievable. So without the use of these computer generated aspects which easily make things unrealistic, creating out of this world like characteristics and features it's almost impossible to portray anything in the fantasy genre.

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  4. An important change experienced by a character in the film About A Boy directed by Chris and Paul Weitz is shown by Will, played by Hugh Grant changing from a shallow, lazy, emotionally stunted grown up

    Before the relationship between Will and Marcus starts to develop, Will is imaged as a shallow, lazy and emotionally stunted grown up. An evidence of this is that he does not have a job, joined a club called Single Parents Alone Together (SPAT) so he could date single mothers and hates the whole idea of Christmas because he gets tortured by the horrible memories from childhood. Will is simply a care-free and self-indulged man who doesn't care about anything but himself.

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  5. Troy - summary of the plot of the film.

    He brought him to his tent and cleaned her wounds. Briseis wanted to kill Achilles but realized that she loved him and didn't. Later Menelaus brought the Greeks to Troy for revenge after the stealing of Helena. They arrived the wall of Troy and met Hector, Paris and the whole Trojan army. Menelaus and Paris talked about Helena and decided to have a duel about her; the one who won got Helena. They fought and Paris was defeated and cut in his leg.

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  6. This report will compare and contrast the ancient Greek myth of Herakles and the Walt Disney movie of Hercules. Links between the two, the basic storyline and more will also be discussed.

    In the Walt Disney movie, Hercules is born as a god to his parents, Zeus and Hera. However, Hades sends Pain and Panic to capture Hercules and make him a mortal. All Hercules wants is to become a God again. To do so, he must become a true hero. Along the way he meets Megara and falls in love with her. Eventually, Hercules becomes a true hero and is welcomed back to Mount Olympus but he decides to stay on Earth with Megara.

    • Length: 493 words
  7. Rocky movie review. The character Rocky is a minor local Boxer, and represents the average American man from 1976, unnoticed and never given the chance, but this story has got a twist, with Rocky getting that million to one shot.

    Rocky and Apollo Creed is very much "David and Goliath" territory, with Apollo Creed being the biggest champion of all time and Rocky being a local Philadelphian boxer. Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers), is a character with a certain similarity to Muhammad Ali. Apollo Creed is the huge opponent that Rocky has to rise above, and go the distance. Rocky finds true love with the sister of his friend Paulie, (played by brilliant actor Burt Young), who is defeated and resentful, loyal and bitter, who hurts the people who care about him just to draw attention to his own grief.

    • Length: 1509 words
  8. Schindlers List. Schindler's List is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power and the on going war

    is born. A long with convincing these wealthy Jews he uses flattery and bribes to win military contracts and get in good with high military officials. Schindler "hires" Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, because they are cheaper then Poles. He pays them by pots and pans along with other materials they use to barter for food and such. However, what the Jews are getting is more valuable then money or food, they are gaining and protecting their lives.

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  9. "Sicko" by Michael Moore documentary film review

    The second is Laura Burnham. She was unlucky enough to be in a head-on collision with her car. She was knocked unconscious by the accident and was driven to the nearest hospital in an ambulance. The insurance company later denied to pay for her ambulance ride, because it wasn't pre-approved. Why is Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon mentioned in the film? Nixon is mentioned in the movie because was the person which first implemented the private Health Care system in the US. He claimed it would give Americans the "finest healthcare in the world", but knew that this system was founded on making profits, not helping people in need.

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  10. United 93. Paul Greengrass' reconstruction of the events of 9/11 is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and United 93 presents a real-time realistic portrayal of the events.

    Including the 19 hijackers, 3017 people died as a result of the hijackings. This was the day the world stood still. I can't really remember 9/11 mainly due to the fact I was only 7 years old at the time but also because we weren't told much about it. I was in school when the hijackings took place and I can remember my teachers all with anxious looks on their faces. I first realised what had happened when I arrived home from school and BBC News was on with a continuous playing of the second plane hitting the second tower.

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  11. Culture Commentary on O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    This film shows townsmen as compared to the countrymen. The difference is in accent, manners and style: 'city-boy' Everett is far more refined and concerned about his looks than his "rustificated friends", and it gives him the sense of superiority. Villagers Pete and Delmar appear to be gullible and easy to manipulate because of their ignorance: they believe the promise of illusory treasure, they are easily affected by religion, though they misinterpret the idea of indulgence, and they take for granted the fact that a person can be turned into a frog.

    • Length: 417 words
  12. Romeo and Juliet Film Review

    The actors mostly play their parts very well, but I think that Pete Postlethwaite (Friar Lawrence) who was also seen in In the Name of the Father and Miriam Margolyes (Nurse) were outstanding at portraying their characters and the best actors on the set. On the other hand I found the performance by the main figures Leonardo Di Caprio(Romeo) and Claire Danes (Juliet) appauling and it kind of felt like they knew their lines, but had no idea what they were actually talking about. An example of this is how Romeo sometimes says his words without expression or with expression in the wrong place.

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  13. How is pop music represented in film?

    These are usually old favourites who come back for their old fans and also to gain some new fans. The film Still Crazy follows the plight of former members of fictional rock band 'Strange Fruit' trying to reform and organise a comeback reunion concert at the last venue they had played at. The lives of the members have changed a lot following the original disbanding, being in ordinary jobs and living in various places. As Strange Fruit journey together on their road to becoming a band again, they learn that things can never be the same again, but they still manage to pull through and play their gig.

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  14. How has James Cameron adapted and presented the true story of the Titanic?

    The song she sang was called "My heart will go on" the lyrics of the song closely matched the storyline of the film. "My Heart Will Go On", begins with, "Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you," which indicates to the audience that Rose is only asleep and is dreaming of Jack. One of the lines of the verse was "My heart will gone on". It shows us the view of forbidden love, When Jack dies Rose can't live without him but the song portrays that the memories of jack will still be alive in her heart even though he is no longer alive.

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  15. Analyse the ways that the director builds suspense and scares the audience in the film JAWS

    Amity Island: the perfect holiday. However, the serene atmosphere is twisted apart when the 'jaws' of a Great White appears. After the merciless deaths of four people, our protagonist, Chief Brody, must take action to stop the murderous beast from feeding once more upon the people of amity. Teamed with the marine biologist Matt Hooper and the crazed fisherman, Quint, they must set off to hunt down the Great White. Jaws is set on Independence Day, a national American holiday on the 4th of July.

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  16. Shrek Essay

    Viewers would be surprised because the film started of like a traditional fairy tale. When the storybook characters arrive Shrek threatens them, saying Ogres will "shave tour liver", "squeeze the jelly from your eyes". He tries to frighten them by giving comments such as Ogres are "much worse" then giants. The storybook characters get scared and run away, Shrek seems like a traditional Ogre because he wants to be on his own and wants his peace and quite, and his swamp to himself. When Shrek and Donkey meet Shrek roars at Donkey and tries to intimidate him, Donkey doesn't get frightened instead he tells Shrek he needs some Tic Tacs ridiculed about his bad breathe.

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  17. Discuss The Representation Of Britishness In Two Or Three Media Texts

    The article that was viewed was the article involving two celebrities from the show 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The situation involved was a moral issue, which involved the prey Shilpa Shetty and the predators Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, and Jo O'Meara. The moral issue that was used was Racism. The article shows that racism still exist today's society - Britain. The article shows 11 kids from different cultures and backgrounds, and the racism they still experience in their lives. On the front page we are given a mask head showing how Jade Goody is coping with the situation and below this we are given a teaser 'AS SHILPA WINS BIG BROTHER, 11 KIDS ASK...'

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  18. Film review - Grease 2. Expectations and overcoming barriers. Stephanie goes into the world as she overcomes the barriers she faced that prevented her from achieving what she really wanted, as did Rita. Both achieved their goals by leaving behind their wo

    Michael Carrington, an exchange student, instantaneously falls in love with Stephanie and takes part of an inner journey in ordere to change himself to attract Zinonie's attention. Although fialing to do so as himself he takes on the role of 'the cool rider' who is a rebellious biker that the t-birds and their rival gang fear. Hiding behind his riding goggles the cool rider infatuates Zinonie and even though not knowing who he was Zinonie fell in love. "Are you free today after school?"

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  19. Nick Hornby is the author of both novels Fever Pitch and About a Boy. How is Lad Culture presented in both of these films?

    The protagonist in "About a Boy", Will, is part of "Lad Culture" as he sees his life in units; one unit is equal to half an hour. Will spent most of his time watching TV, getting his hair done and driving around in a fast car. Will changes dramatically throughout the film because he meets a boy called Marcus who he bonds with. This affects his view on "Lad Culture" as he starts to realise it's a bad thing. Furthermore, Marcus changes as well.

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  20. Hotel Rwanda

    Belgium had power over Rwanda until 1962, and classified the Tutsi's as stronger, more elite humans, and put them in power of the government ("Rwanda 1994"). The Hutu's were seen as inferior and insufficient human beings ("Rwanda 1994"). This thoughtless division of classes created a long term resentfulness of the Tutsi's from the Hutu's. But even before Belgium rule, the Tutsi's and the Hutu's still had a strong distinction of the two (Snow). The Tutsi's were the landowners while the Hutu's were often the peasants or land workers ("Rwanda 1994").

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  21. How effective is X-Men at presenting the flawed hero and the sympathetic villain through the characters Wolverine and Magneto?

    Focusing on the cage, we see a man being thrown against the cage wall, he is un-conscious and looks badly hurt, the man is then dragged away. At this point the camera turns to give us our first glimpse of Wolverine with his back towards the camera. Wolverine is the one responsible for hurting the man in the contest. His actions are not those usually adopted by a hero character and could be perceived as crawl and vicious. Would a hero fight purely for sport or payment?

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  22. Crime drama storyline At the beginning of the play, a girl (Sarah) stands alone. She looks depressed standing on the very top of a New York building. She jumps to her death.

    The next day, he is with his crew. The gang's inside a shopping mall in a jewelry shop. They look suspiciously around. John keeps eye contact with his gang. Meanwhile John takes out a gun from his pocket and shouts "freeze" to everyone. At that moment his gang runs off to the cashier and robs all the money then they rush out, while John stays and threatens the shop manager, he points the gun straight at him then he quickly runs to his car. After, they've run away, the cops arrive but again they were too late to catch them.

    • Length: 657 words
  23. Are Women represented as sex objects in rap videos

    It is now becoming the evil vein of society, pumping in the glorification of violence. Brainwashing people. Making them believe that money is the only pleasure and it can buy anything. Rap manipulates young people, assuring them that misogyny is perfectly fine, when it isn't. As a result of this negative change of rap music I will analysing a modern day rap video and will be using mise-en-scene to focus on some of the main aspects of within 50 Cent's P.I.M.P. There will be analysis of the lyrics, the camera angles and shots, the setting, the actions and rappers within 50 Cent's P.I.M.P.

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  24. Sherlock holmes

    On the other hand some working class people, lived a life of hardship and extreme poverty of crime during the Victorian era, was highly feared. Many Victorians liked the character Sherlock Holmes as they felt he was great as he solved mysteries and defeated evil. They liked the fact that they saw him as a hero and many of them witnessed crime and with jack the ripper around at that time there was a lot of fear in London. Furthermore there was an increase in crime and food was scarce and very expensive, with a majority divided into the working class little pay meant not much food.

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  25. The dark knight essay

    Another point in which this contrast is shown is in Bat-mans hide away place. In there the floor is a dark dull grey/black, and the ceiling is all white lights. This is good because it makes the room seem endless and gives anything in it airs of importance and cleanliness like trophy shelves that are lit from above like the room or a dentist. This is good because in the room he keeps all his high-tech gadgets witch seem incredibly expensive and valuable when they are in the room, but then when Bat-man is using them he acts as though they are something that are disposable.

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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 the representation of ethnicity in a range of popular mainstream TV programmes or soap operas.

    "In the episodes of the soaps that were shown on Tuesday 13th March 07, there are more White extras in the background of Hollyoaks while there is a balance in EastEnders as you can see Asian, Black and White extras. This may be by accident but there should also be a balance of the extras even though many of them will not say anything at all. Overall, Hollyoaks has a better image for the area it is based in whereas EastEnders does not due to the fact there are less Asian and Black people but in reality, there is a balance in London. Even though Hollyoaks does not have a balance between Black, Asian and White people, it still represents the area of Chester. When EastEnders uses other ethnic minorities, they usually stereotype problems like family and relationships. Therefore, I believe that Hollyoaks is much more successful in using other ethnic minorities in a positive and non-stereotypical way as they are shown as having healthy and steady relationships. However the effectiveness and whether they actually fulfil the initial aim completely relies on the quality if the scripts, the availability of the storylines and the willingness of the producers to defy conventions."

  • Yr 11 Media Studies- Discuss the Representation of Youths in Contrasting films.

    "In conclusion I feel that both films had many different similarities with friends and they are both extremely realistic. The differences that these two films enclose are that 10 Things I Hate About You contains less problems than stand by me and it is positive as it represents youth in a positive light. Stand By Me is very negative. This is because it contains issues that the audience find distressing and might not want to accept in reality."

  • Analyse how structural and linguistic devices are used to target specific audiences in printed media texts.

    "In conclusion, presentation, language and style is important in attracting specific audiences, if all holiday brochures were set out and written the same, only one type of person would go on holiday. For example, if an article aimed at older adults was full of slang and had no information, about the resort, they wouldn't go on that holiday because they didn't know enough about it. A younger audience goes for an unconventional text and an older audience prefers a conventional text. The best way to write an article is to get the balance between the two, just right. Jacqueline Parvin 10RB 4"

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