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  1. On The Waterfront

    He often looks away from the character he is talking to by finding another focal point such as the zipper on his jacket or a piece of lint. It is clear Terry does not have much direction or any assertive qualities. His first internal conflict in the movie is his unintentional involvement in Joey Doyle's death. Although he is torn up over the incident, he does not question Johnny Friendly on the matter but continues to follow Friendly's lead. Another noteworthy detail hinted at in the beginning is Terry's background as a boxer.

    • Word count: 968
  2. The Wife of Bath

    In this aspect she was strong because she had the courage to challenge the male dominated medieval world and church. She was a widow who had been married five times before and for that she considered herself full of experience and thus authority. She often boasted that she loved and enjoyed sex. As a way to make sure she satisfied her big sexual appetite she got married every time she got widowed. Though she defied the church, the wife of Bath was clever enough to cover up some of her behavior.

    • Word count: 1325
  3. Women in Richard III

    This prose is the pattern of language in which 'one speaker appropriates and reapplies the word of another,'6which results in the dialogue reiterating the action of the historical narrative, as one character takes the verbal or political authority from the other. This is displayed in the opening scene when Richard is talking to Brakenbury: Rich: How say you, sir? Can you deny all this? Brak: With this, my lord, myself have nought to do. Rich: Naught with Mistress Shore? I tell thee, fellow, He that doth naught with her (excepting one) Were best to do it secretly, alone.7 (I.i. 96-100)

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  4. Women in Measure for Measure

    bring forth fruit, and to avoid fornication.'5 This meant that people in England were led to believe that marriage was the moral thing to do, as Queen Elizabeth reigned at the time the play was performed under Protestant rule, and the first step on the way to righteousness was to control the desires of the body; thus avoiding fornication. In his article, "Measure for Measure: The Flesh Made Word," Ronald Macdonald reveals that 'the men in Shakespeare's final comedies do tend to see women as an overmastering threat to their identities;'6 hence, men need a way of controlling women.

    • Word count: 2723
  5. Much Ado about Noting

    (6) He then speaks to Benedick about his love towards Hero, the governor Leonato's daughter. He notes her as a "jewel" as well as the "sweetest lady [he] hath ever seen."(11) After that he professes his love for her to Don Pedro. But this is followed by his first question, "Hath Leonato any son?" to which Don Pedro correctly replies "No child but Hero; she's his only heir."(13) Claudio followed by asking then asksDon Pedro to woo Hero for him. The Prince knew what Claudio wanted was Leonato's fortune as soon as the question was asked which would explain his remark of her as Leonato's only heir.

    • Word count: 1195
  6. Gendered Hierarchy in Paradise Lost. Gendered Hierarchy is something that John Milton very much enforces within the poem. However, he gives Eve a different perspective.

    Nonetheless nowhere in the poem is there a line that depicts her need for another. She's perfectly content with herself. "As she recounts the words spoken to her by God, she almost concludes that God made Adam for her, not vice versa, and that he instituted matriarchy, not patriarchy:" (Lewalski, p.470) "He, Whose image thou art, him thou shalt enjoy Inseparablie thine, to him shalt beare Multitudes like thy self, and thence be call'd Mother of human Race." Paradise Lost, p.91 4. 471-6 Consequently, Eve's mind begins to develop its own ideas on how it might be so that things were actually the opposite of what God had been explaining to her from the beginning.

    • Word count: 788
  7. Exorbitant Concers in Hamlet

    Claudius knows that nothing he has accumulated in this world will carry much weight in Heaven. Everything he has done to gain a good life has damned his soul. He realizes how he has made a mistake, but his carnal nature will not allow him to part with what he has gained - it means too much to him: "May one be pardon'd and retain the offence?" (3.3 57). He asks God if he can be pardoned but still keep everything he has. This line sums up Claudius character because we see how materialistic he is.

    • Word count: 1938
  8. Othello. In this play, The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, the title informs the reader of Othellos downfall. Yet, every now and then appears a humorous scene

    In this play, we witness the avertable fall of the main character Othello. The humor in this tragedy imparts hopeful moments by digressing us from what we expect. The play is generally told from the view of the antagonist Iago, yet we learn to sympathize with Othello. In what is supposed to be a serious tragedy of the downfall of Othello, these temporary moments of mocking and humor, gives us a sense of hope. After Othello "stole" Brabantio's daughter, Roderigo and Barbantio both draw their swords ready to attack when Othello replies "Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them" (Shakespeare 59-60).

    • Word count: 626
  9. Who is responsible for King Duncan's murder?

    It told him that he will become king. This prediction made Macbeth wonder how he can get obtain the throne. Another prediction was made by the witch's: "All hail Macbeth hail to thee Thane of Cowdor" This prediction was also in Macbeth's mind and soon after it had come true, this is proof of the other predictions coming true and eventually they did, but it involved the murder of King Duncan which was carried out by Macbeth. However the prediction about Macbeth becoming Thane of Cowdor could also be a coincidence because Macbeth is a great warrior and shows much love to his cousin or it could also be because the previous thane rebels against the king.

    • Word count: 1070
  10. How the first two scenes of Shakespeare's As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream foreshadow the major themes of both plays

    As You Like It is about relationships between men and women, appearances and reality (and unreality); A Midsummer Night's Dream is about the relationships between those with power, and those without it. And it is to this latter play that we now turn. Just from its title, one should anticipate something supernatural about A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is set around the summer solstice, a very short time of profound astronomical irregularity. And in the confines of the play we have histrionic love, magic potions and, of course, the magical woodland.

    • Word count: 2364

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