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International Baccalaureate: World Literature

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  1. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the subject of racism is very prevalent throughout the novel, as it occurs through the early 1900s in southern America.

    Under the influence of Atticus, Jem and Scout adopted that outlook of their father, but their views are conflicted by other town's folk of Maycomb. Throughout the narrative, Jem and Scout go through various instances regarding racism and discrimination. Therefore, those instances shape and develop their views and morals. Prime instances of racism are best demonstrated through the characters and events of Calpurnia, Dolpus Raymond, and Tom Robinson. Prior to the Tom Robinson case, Atticus had to go out of town on business, leaving Calpurnia to take Jem and Scout to church with her.

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  2. The God of Luck, a historical novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, tells a story which takes place in a small Chinese village called Strongworm around the nineteenth century.

    Ah Lung is raised up like a "worm" with his conservative family lifestyle, filled with obedience. Like other ordinary boys at the age of three or four, in order to set himself free from his neighbor, Old Lady Chow, naughty Ah Lung bites her arm. In return for his instinctive reaction, his parents teach him how to be respectful. "Since proper order demanded my parents punish me for resisting Old Lady Chow or any elder, including my brothers, I long ago learned unquestioning obedience, and it cost me my natural wits and courage, then my family" (McCunn 196).

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  3. Hamlet Act 1 Soliloquy commentary

    This along with Claudius becoming King has made Hamlet feel that his world has been turned upside down and has been taken over by evil. This scene begins at the court of Claudius and Gertrude, the King and Queen of Denmark. They have just been married. This marriage has followed quickly after the death of the former King of Denmark, Old Hamlet, Claudius' brother. Claudius addresses the quickness of the marriage, representing himself as in mourning for a lost brother even as he is joyful for a new wife, his one-time sister.

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  4. Considering Chekhovs The Cherry Orchard, compare the effects of some arrivals and departures from the stage.

    One good example can be of Madame Ranevsky's eighty seven year old manservant, Firs who is always talking about how things were in the past on the estate, when the estate was prosperous, and the master went to Paris by carriage, instead of by train; most importantly, he frequently talks about how life was before the serfs were freed. He, being a minor character also brings out and tells about the background and the history of the estate. Firs was born a serf on Madame Ranevsky's estate, and although the serfs have been freed, Firs had remained on the estate because he had no other opportunities.

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  5. To what extent is Neruda the voice of Chile? Body of a woman is one such poem that Neruda uses to depict the feeling of uncertainty held by many Chileans

    If this premise is accepted to be true then the title adopts an alternative meaning, becoming Neruda's way of exploring the physical and sociological characteristics of the country. This can be seen in an examination of the title where it becomes obvious that Neruda seeks to create an image of uncertainty relating to the country Chile. Notice the lack of the possessive pronoun or definite article in: "Body of a woman". It is as if the country has no one to which it belongs to, no real form of governance and thus diplomatically speaking no real significance.

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  6. John Donne's poem "the flea" is a perfect example of a love poem

    The speaker begins his attempt at convincing his beloved b trying to indicate to her "How little" is the thing she denies him. For the flea has already aided the union between them to a large extent by first sucking the speakers blood and then the beloveds the flea has brought them together in a union within itself. This act on the part of the flea can obviously cause no sin or shame to the beloved likewise engaging in premarital sex since the damage is already done by the flea should not bring on an shame or loss of virtue on his beloved.

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  7. What factors or qualities make a survivor? Examples from the novel weve studied in class The Wave and my two related texts I am Sam and the short documentary Mr Cheng.

    Ross to show what life in Nazi Germany was really like. He sets a few simple rules and takes a different more strict approach towards discipline naming the group participating 'The wave'. It eventually escalates into pure disaster with the children taking 'The Wave' much too seriously, so seriously that people end up getting hurt for not being a member or choosing to follow these ways. Laurie Saunders shows all the qualities of a survivor throughout this novel. After confiding in her mother about the whole situation she helps point out to Laurie the danger this could cause and Laurie decides to pull out.

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  8. In the Greek Tragedy Antigone, the playwright Sophocles uses Creons egotism as an authority figure to characterize him as prideful, which leads him to become a tragic hero

    He believes that the gods could not have a concern for the corpse, portraying that he is so over confident with his own power that the gods would turn a blind eye to it. According to Tiresias, Creon like "the whole race of tyrants lust for filthy gain".2 Tiresias says so in response to Creon accusing him of wanting money and selfish gain, but Tiresias informs him that the truth is that Creon is the one that seeks gain. The filthy gain that Creon lusts is power and ultimate authority.

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  9. Hamlet Act II Questions and Answers

    I am glad to see thee well. Welcome, good friends" (II.ii.430-431). By treating the players as old friends, Hamlet already associates himself with the theatrical people and the theatre itself. Furthermore, Hamlet proves he's a devoted fan when he asks the players to "give us a taste of [his] quality. Come, a passionate speech," which Hamlet already knows the players have different speeches memorized (II.ii.440-441). Hamlet then plunges into "Aeneas' tale to Dido, and thereabout of it especially when he speaks of Priam's slaughter" (II.ii.457-458). Here, Hamlet plays the role of the actor because he reenacts the scene during the Trojan War and speaks about fifteen lines of the speech he

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  10. Hamlet Act I Questions and Answers

    Use quotes. In Act I, scene 2, Claudius gives two speeches, one to the gentry and one to Hamlet, that show himself to be self-protective, political, pragmatic, and hypocritical. In his first speech, Claudius establishes that he's self-protective when he basically describes himself as two-faced: "With an auspicious and a dropping eye, With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage" (I.ii.11-12). When Claudius says this quote, Claudius also reveals a hypocritical side of him because he created a distorted image of himself and believe happiness is in a funeral, the death of his brother, King Hamlet, and yet acts pompous throughout this speech to show that he is fitted for king.

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  11. Lewis Carroll in my opinion created Jabberwocky for people to use their imaginations.

    The first stanza, which is the most confusing to me and probably any one else who has read the poem, is filled with rhyming, made up words that will send you imagination into chaos. So much in fact that I wouldn't even try and put a literal meaning on it. But I think that is what Carroll had in mind when he wrote this stanza. It overwhelmed me at first filling my head with extremely confusing thoughts. As I read the other stanza's I got a pretty good idea of what Carroll was thinking; then oddly he repeats the first stanza again.

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  12. Reflective on House of the Spirits

    The unknown setting of the novel was actually an inspiration form the author's past life; Chile. This fact arose during the interactive orals, which I believe gave the novel a more realistic fell. I felt as if the novel became more emotional and believable as Isabel Allende, the author had experienced all the pain and corruption written in the novel. The interactive oral really enlightened me on how novels can relate to real historical events and the author's life.

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  13. Mountain Language is a one-act play written by Harold Pinter in 1988 after his trip to Turkey with fellow playwright Arthur Miller.

    He asks them, 'Who did this? Who bit you?' He asks these questions after openly stating his understanding of the severity of their predicament by saying, 'Look at this woman's hand. I think the thumb is going to come off.' He asks not because he is genuinely concerned for the women's' situation, but rather to really illustrate that he does not care. The officers further undermine the women by repeatedly asking them questions they know the women will not know the answer to, 'What was his name?'

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  14. The Course of Justice . The Role of Women in William Shakespeares, King Richard III

    The characters Anne, Elizabeth, the Duchess and Margaret are the play's most influential women. The women are "to make an act of tragic violence" (II, ii, 39) - they are to be made victims, and through their continuous lamentations and rage, a strong voice of protest that is based on moral values is created. Lady Anne, though not at first, plays an important role in the expression of the reality of the evil that is embodied by Richard. She lets her emotions, hungry for approval and flattery, get the best of her certain points.

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  15. The Magical Journey in Like Water For Chocolate

    From the first few pages the author intrigues the reader. Throughout the book there are various instances of magic realism associated with food that Tita has prepared. While preparing the Chabela Wedding Cake for Pedro and Rosaura's wedding, Tita was very sad and cried into the icing. When Nacha tasted it to make sure that the tears did not affect the flavor, she was overcome with these strong feelings of longing, and it may have possibly caused her death (36).

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  16. Reflective State: Madame Bovary. Flauberts characterization of Emma shares many features with women in the Arab world.

    Flaubert's characterization of Emma shares many features with women in the Arab world. Their materialistic nature can be interpreted as their need for a better and more importantly a happier life, with expensive jewelry and clothes to show their higher social class. Till this day women buy the most overpriced goods and show them of, because in the end they don't have anything else to do.

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  17. Analysis - "Exposure" by Wilfred Owen

    Furthermore, these sounds are very sharp and knifing and could have a relation with the weather being sharper and more violent than the soldiers' weapons. It also conveys an image of water crystals freezing on the soldiers' beards. In the next line, the wind is again emphasized and shows in a wailing move with the alliterated "w" sounds; "Wearied we keep awake...". The third line of the first stanza has assonantal "o" sounds in the words "Low, drooping flares". This evokes an image of the wind moaning at the soldiers and trying to metaphorically scare them.

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  18. "Rising Five" - Norman Nicholson poem analysis

    The next few lines are very descriptively describing the boy and the atmosphere created is adolescent, "brimful of eyes to stare...reflected cones of light/ above his toffee-buckled cheeks". The "toffee-buckled cheeks" also add to the effect of seeing this boy eating sweets and having his mouth full of them, munching away, pushing out his reddish cheeks. Throughout the poem there is a repetition of the phrase "Not...But..." which creates the sense of correction and a change in something, most probably the change in time, the increasing age and the maturing of people.

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  19. The extract from Brian Keenan's book "An Evil Cradling" recounts his experience of being kidnapped and help hostage by terrorist in Beirut.

    In the next paragraph, Keenan tells us about his actions, "I hear", "I lift", "I look", which shows how he is rapidly doing all different things and is slowly moving into madness. Te phrase "I hear the padlock slam", makes us think of prison doors and the metallic clang as the doors smash closed. Keenan is looking at "food on the floor", which indicates the unhygienic conditions and that he feels the disgust for it. He knows though that he can only survive if he would eat it.

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  20. Dreams: In Cold Blood Essay. In the novel In Cold Blood, the author Truman Capote tells us the story of the brutal murders of 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas.

    Capote made the readers feel pity be companionate for Perry, even though he is one of the antagonists in the story. One of Perry's dreams is to be a singer. He dreams that one day he will be a very famous singer, and playing in front of an audience made up of famous celebrities in an elegant nightclub in Las Vegas. This is why he carries his old guitar with him wherever he goes, in hope that he gets discovered.

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  21. Written Task: The Kite Runner. A series of notes written by Sohrab to his father and mother.

    They have extended my room and now I have my own bathroom. Today Khala Soraya made my favorite supper, biryani dijaj, it was very delicious and it reminded of when you (Mama) made it for me when I was a little kid a long time ago. Kaka Amir has told me all the stories of what you two did when you were kids. We watched all the cool movies you watched when you were kids, and we also planted pomegranate trees in our backyard.

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  22. The Theme of Isolation in Jane Eyre

    This vulnerable and emotionally destroyed woman lives in her own created world, and when Rochester, a person whom she loves, alienates from her, she can no longer endure this isolation. . Although Jane Eyre experiences anger and scorn towards her relatives, she manages to destroy these emotions. This young woman who feels isolation since childhood meets a person who experiences the same loneliness, and falls in love with him. This powerful feeling saves her from despair and finally destroys her isolation, she no longer wants to alienate from people, and especially from Rochester.

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  23. Chronicle of a death Foretold - Commentary on a passage from the end of chapter 2

    He was running around town looking for someone to marry, but he never really found the right one for him. One day he was sitting in his chair and in the corner of his eye out of the window, he saw Angela Vicario walking down the road with her mother dressed in mourning clothes, carrying baskets of artificial flowers. That's when he said to his friend: "Remind me tomorrow I am going to marry her!" This was a very clear statement that he did not care what her opinion was on this, because he has already decided to marry her before they even officially knew each other.

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  24. Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings analysis

    It doesn't necessarily need to be black, but all people whose freedom were or are being restricted. The poet used the free bird to compare with the caged bird to show the unfairness and the rage that the caged bird is experiencing. While the free bird can fly leisurely in the sky, the caged bird can do nothing except for opening his throat to sing to express his anger. Some people could argue that though the caged bird is imprisoned, but it got food and care from human so in some specific areas the caged bird has got even more than the free bird. However I think those who have got this opinion are just completely idiots.

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  25. The Kite Runner Essay. In the novel, Baba and General Taheri shared similar characteristics that they are both very strict and sensitive about ones reputation, both dont have healthy body, and lastly, both are well-respected and selfish men at the

    "Ah, a storyteller," the general said. "Well, people need stories to divert them at difficult times like this."(139) General Taheri said as if writing can only be an interest, not a desire job. On the other hand, General Taheri wishes Soraya could be a lawyer even though he knew Soraya has a great passion in being a teacher. "An intelligent girl like you could become a lawyer, a political scientist."(181) That made Soraya upset knowing that is not what she wants to do. Both of them are also sensitive about their reputation. They do not want to be humiliated by one another.

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