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the story, commanding Cecilia to jump into the fountain, especially with the ominous music playing in the background, and while Briony's mistake is shown clearly in the novel, with McEwan writing 'The sequence was illogical'2 would only realise otherwise after seeing the scene from Cecilia's perspective. In the novel, we see this scene from Cecilia's perspective first, before seeing it from Briony's viewpoint, showing us both what happened and how Briony misunderstood the situation. However, the fact that the scene is shown from Briony's perspective first in the film is more potent, as it allows the audience to share in
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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Analyse two heroic women who find ways of being that go against the patriarchal grain and subvert the stereotype of the 'weaker sex'.
Therefore, as she does not allow the Puritans to drive her from her home, she stands in direct opposition to their patriarchal society. In Fun Home, one could argue that Alison Bechdel's realisation that she is a lesbian is the ultimate rebellion against a patriarchal society as she subverts traditional gender stereotypes by embracing her homosexuality. However, she quickly discovers that her own father has had affairs with various men and therefore, whilst Alison goes against patriarchal society in the customary view, her homosexuality is in a way conforming to her father's own beliefs.
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Furthermore, female sexuality was heavily oppressed as Christian belief was of high importance: women were to be beautiful and chaste. Gender stereotypes were therefore a prominent part of Victorian society that dictated every aspect of a woman's life. In Jane Eyre, the character of Jane is introduced to the reader as an outcast child, and is thus immediately set apart from the other characters. As her aunt describes: "... I don't like cavillers or questioners ... there is something truly forbidding in a child taking up her elders ..."
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not as long as you're white' (Baldwin, 2001, p.344). Despite this being directed at their mutual friend Cass, her delivery is really aimed at every white character in the novel, and indeed every one of Baldwin's white readers. So, it could be said that Vivaldo's race immediately isolates him. However, it is the character of Rufus who comes across as especially alone: 'Beneath them Rufus walked, one of the fallen - for the weight of this city was murderous - one of those who had been crushed ...' (Baldwin, 2001, p.14)
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'Why Literature is important in our lives'. There are many limitations on the extent of a mans lifetime experience such as time, geography and point of view. Literature serves as a method of transcending such barriers.
Thus Literature helps us transcend the time and social barriers. Through observing on the works of literature the audience can get an insight of the human beings and the society because, works of literature convey emotions, experiences and psychological explanations of human behaviors .It is hard to imagine how Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazi soldiers. Ann Frank's Diary reveals much information about the harsh experiences that she and her family went through during their stay at the Netherlands in Anne's father's office building. Also when we read Ann Frank's Diary we get to know her dreams and aspirations even though she died at a very young age (15)
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It begins with the main hero, Jake Barns. He is a typical example of a member of the Lost Generation - he's always on the move, a heavy drinker, careless and deprived of real emotions. Apart from that, he is an observer, he judges others from a distance and he always remains seemingly objective and neutral as a character. That's why others often trust him enough to reveal their secrets to him - for example Cohn, a jewish writer and Jake's long-time friend, at the very beginning of the book.
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The implications are obvious and maybe even shocking. Barthes basically declares that the literary author is not important, that the text is the only thing that matters - and he expects the world to tremble. He presents his opinion as a single valid answer and completely ignores the real world reality. The essay reminds us that the "author" is an invention of modern times, of the focus on the "human person" and it goes on about this as if it were a bad thing.
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Discuss how the novel Jane Eyre explores and criticises social hierarchy and gender relations in the Victorian Age.
However, the narrative is not representative of the protagonist's intellect at the given point. Rather, it is written in retrospect by Jane, who adds her own analytical comments in narrative interstices, often in justification of her past actions or in a sarcastic wording of popular opinion in those times. Walter Allen says," Charlotte Bronte is to be judged as romantic writers, whether poets or novelists, always must be, by the intensity with which she expresses her response to life and experience. Her response is total and uninhibited."Other critics have also often commented upon the fiercely emotional character of Jane, and the astonishing juxtaposition of such a person against completely unsavoury circumstances.
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The Loathly Lady as a representative of female sexuality and geo- and socio-politicaldivisions within medieval English society, with special reference to The Wife of Baths Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer.
In other tales the noble knight would simply have his way with a maid and go on with his quest, without any words wasted on the morality of the act.'Dames' and 'Ladies' however were a different class of women and knights were obliged to rescue them from distress, not take advantage of them. In the Wife's Tale, not only does Chaucer draw attention to the wrongness of the deed of raping, he also seats a court of women in judgment of the knight.
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The Revenger's Tragedy. In the extract, the key themes of lust, moral decay, misogyny and corruption are demonstrated and reinforced through the exchange between Vindice and Gratiana.
This hence, further reinforces the idea that general moral decay runs rampant in the court. Furthermore, Vindice acknowledges the fact that despite his disgust, it was not surprising that the court would be mired in corruption, this being seen in the line "Tis no shame to be bad, because 'tis common" (II.i.18). As such, the audience is all but well prepared for the utter depravity that would reveal as the story unfolds, and this serves as a basis for further development of the themes.
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One could argue that Elinor represents 'sense' whilst Marianne represents 'sensibility'. However, the sisters show how when 'sense' or 'sensibility' control the mind excessively, these personality traits can have a destructive effect on their romantic lives. The title of Austen's novel shows the need for a state of balance between 'sense' and 'sensibility'. This is similar to the 'inner life' and 'outer life' which are explored in E.M. Forster's Howards End, where Helen represents the emotionally driven 'inner life' and Henry Wilcox represents the 'outer life', a world ruled by 'telegrams and anger' (Forster 25).
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The Jekyll-Hyde dynamic in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde may represent the dual desires of the human soul. Freud believed that the human mind is strongly influenced by thoughts and desires which we are not able to control and these impulses are often conveyed in our dreams. It is therefore possible to interpret the character of Hyde as Jekyll's subconscious desire to be freed from his society's restraints. This subconscious desire of Jekyll's is viewed by the characters around him as deviant and revolting.
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On the surface, class conflict and prejudice are the obvious themes of 'The Garden Party'. It is deemed perfectly natural that the haves and the have-nots coexist along side each other and lead parallel lives. Everyone knows their place in society and all interaction between the classes is governed by strict codes of behavior. Every now and we get an inkling of underlying tension, such as when Laura's mother remarks that she's 'terrified' of the cook5. However such frictions are quickly and deftly smoothed over.
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Why I Write is a short essay by George Orwell (1946) in which he details the different writing stages he went through since his childhood until he became an adult
In this piece, the Orwell supports " it is his job, to discipline his temperament and avoid getting stuck at some immature stage, but if he escapes from his early influences, he will have killed his impulse to write"2. What the author tries to explain on this statement is that writers must learn how to manage theirs feelings. Furthermore, the message of the latter evidence is that the control of an author�s own emotion is definitely necessary so as to write what they consider in a proper way.
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Pastoral writing is fundamentally conservative and opposed to change Using the books Brideshead revisited and Tess of the Durbervilles, discuss this claim.
Charles also describes Sebastian as being someone with 'epicene beauty', which highlights the physical androgyny in the character and thus lack of sexual characteristic. Waugh also explores this relationship along Pastoral lines by, from the perspective of Charles, constructing Sebastian as an icon. He is the child who 'never had spots', enacting his representation of eternal youth. Other aspects of character further enhance this; he always carries his teddy bear, 'Aloysius', around with him for example, and even goes so far as apply to 'childish' rules of ownership to characters like Charles, who he explains that Samgrass is 'someone of mummies' and Rex is 'someone of Julia's'.
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Within Australian literature, the strength of the written story is in its ability to draw experiences of life through its characters, each different, yet all Australian. The characters created in Lawson's poems, verses and stories represented a specific aspect of the Australian life, principally as experienced in the bush, itself a literary construct. Lawson had a belief in humanity, democracy and social justice and a compassion for the country, compelling his views of tragedy, humour, and drama representing the Australian way of life.1 This style and social influences created an image that many readers could relate to in their own lives.
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Earlier subjects such as the convicts or gold miners told the story of their lives and their concerns. These poems and ballads were stories about the treatment of convicts, some written by the convicts themselves such as 'Frank the Poet', providing his view of life and his concerns. It is from this beginning that much of the material available shows the male prospective with very little influence or acknowledgement of women. Even when women are included in the content, such as "The Female Transport", "The Girl with the Black Velvet Band", "The Old Bullock Dray", "Gold Field Girls" and "The Twentieth Century Girl" (cited in Anthology LCS12 2009, pp 11, 14, 21, 31, 113)
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Orientalism, Edward Said. Orientalism legitimates a vocabulary, a universe of representative discourse peculiar to the discussion and understanding of the Orient (Said 71) and it consisted of a set of representative figures, or trope
(Said 70) The fact that Orientalism derived its authentic from its unchanging nature would cause problems with the emergence of the 19th century. Orientalism would have to change to survive with the times. There was disillusionment when it was realized that the classical Orient did not properly represent the actual Orient. It became what was known as the 'betrayed dream'. What was realized was that one could only really use generalities to describe the Orient in order not to conflict with the specific actualities; it was almost as if "a bin called 'Oriental existed into which all the authoritative, anonymous, and traditional Western attitudes to the East were dumped unthinkingly."
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Orientalism: Linguistic and Cultural Representation of Truth. Said provides a critique of Orientalism as the basis of humanistic practice.
The writings on the Orient are meant to be studied and investigated as a compilation of information that generalizes the characteristics of that region of the world through the lens of the Occident. The Orient is a discursive formation, which is subject to rules of conditions of existence, coexistence, modification; all that is outside of the discourse is 'non-discursive', which refers to the silences and elisions mentioned by Said. These are the boundaries of the discourse, for non-discursive things threaten the discursive formation. So, what is so important about discursive formation? It, in fact, directly pertains to notions of power.
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The Role of Fear and Obsession on Gothic Literature. It seems within these texts that a sense of Gothic, with regard to the influence and obsession of the characters, comes not so much from the conventional fear of the supernatural and the mystical but m
The use of heavy adjectival phrases in describing the woman, the idea of 'deepest black', the woman described as 'pathetically wasted...pale and gaunt with disease' and the alliterative skin 'stretched and strained', give an initially comprehensive description of the woman which not only creates fear but also develops it steadily and makes it feel ubiquitous and unavoidable, as though every element of her is grotesque. Within the pre-1948 setting of the novel the idea of wasting, particularly referring to Tuberculosis, would have had a particularly chilling effect as the disease would have been the cause of many deaths and, before
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In what ways is Eliots The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock, an example of modernist writing? Discuss this in relation to form as well as content.
Modernist influences can be seen through TS Eliots utilization of language and form. TS Eliots use of irony is prevalent in the title of the poem itself, as we determine that 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufock' is not a love poem but rather a depiction of a lonely, isolated figure who feels alienated from the society around him. The opening lines 'Let us go then, you and I/ When the evening is spread out through the sky' signal the start of a traditional love poem, and emanate thoughts of romance.
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William Gilpins 1794 essay On Picturesque Travel discusses the picturesque mode of beauty. This beauty is characterised by roughness and variety. Yet Gilpin is not only preoccupied with the visual qualities of the picturesque: he em
I give permission for the Department to run the e-copy of my assignment through plagiarism detection software. By the submission of this cover sheet, I acknowledge the above. College ID number (9 digit number, eg 101234567): 090172506 College Username (eg le01234): le09094 Module Code: ESH334 Seminar Leader: Andrew Lincoln Assignment Number & Element (e.g. '1. Short Essay'): Writing Exercise 1: 20% Title: Writing Exercise Begin your assignment beneath this line Writing and Vision in the Romantic Period Written Exercise b) Examine the relationship between seeing and feeling in the passage, and consider some cultural implications of Gilpin's understanding of beauty.
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Imagination in Heroics of Odysseus and Don Quixote. Both the authors draw different characteristics of what it means to be a hero in different ways.
Both the heroes are from two very different times of the world but both of them tried to conquer the world with their heroic acts. It's not just their heroic acts that set them as two of the most renowned heroes of all time; it's also their imagination or ability to conjure things that makes them stand out. But in comparison, imagination is the key which makes Don Quixote as the hero where imagination just adds a dimension to Odysseus' character that rules him along with other traits.
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827-830). Johnson's reputation was established as a writer of comedy. He was famous for his satirical plays. He was friends with his contemporary great English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare even acted in one of his plays called 'Every Man in His Humor'. Johnson used to live a bohemian life and he was once almost sentenced to death after he had killed a Spanish actor in a duel. Most of his great plays are written after this incident of his life. His greatest works are 'Volpone', 'The Alchemist', and 'Bartholomew Fair' which were written and acted between 1605 and 1615.
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Self-interest is what drives all the characters in the novel, but you top them all. Considering the only true thing that matters to you is Anse, I want you to see some examples of your insanity and how you can change it now that you have no other option. Addie requested before she died to be buried in Jefferson although you act sincere in wanting to fulfill your promise to her, all along you were being driven by another motive for getting to Jefferson.
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