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  1. Compare and Contrast the Presentations of the Individuals in Conflict with Society in Kesey(TM)s One Flew Over the Cuckoo(TM)s Nest and Barker(TM)s Regeneration

    Barker chooses to show how her characters are in conflict by showing their doubts and having them then fight back against these, reaffirming their beliefs The main character in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' is said to be McMurphy. McMurphy he portrayed as very rowdy, and is very determined to change the daily routine set in the asylum by 'The Combine'. Unlike all the other patients, who appear to be repressed and prohibited to freedom, McMurphy symbolizes hope and creates anarchy amongst the society.

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  2. Write a critical appreciation of the passage pages 52-56 paying particular attention to Friels exploration of the importance of naming and identity.

    When asked her name by Owen, Sarah says"Sarah Johnny Sally", providing her parents name along with her own- Owen from there is able to place her:"Of course! From Bun na hAbhann!" and completes her identification. He responds in return with his own identity: "I'm Owen- Owen Hugh Mor. From Baile Beag." (32) Irish names in in the play quickly become associated not only with identification of an entity, but also with the history associated with that identity through family and society.

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  3. Compare the presentation of changing and contrasting attitudes throughout the First World War through Sebastian Faulk's Birdsong and Poems of the Great War. At the eve of the First World War in 1914

    Due to the fact that one is prose and the other is poetry, diverse literacy devices are used. Birdsong is structured so that, it takes the reader trough various stages from before the war started, to the end of the war and finally many years after the war finished. The novel has a mixed time period and does not flow sequentially. Sebastian Faulks may have been trying to emphasise the fact that the novel is written with the perception after the event actually occurred.

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  4. The narrative perspective of A Prayer for Owen Meany is first person, which is written in both the

    When Johnny, reads from his diary, the narrator changes perspective to the first person. Because dates are important in this novel (dates such as Owen's fated day of death and Johnny's diary dates) a time change illustrates a change in not only Johnny's physical world but also in his amount of maturity and knowledge.

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  5. "Enslaved": An Explicative Analysis.

    However, the poet also introduces contrast between soft sounds and hard sounds. The "d" sound in contrast with the "s" sound represents the contrast between the white oppressors and the enslaved blacks. Enslaved and lynched, denied a human place The contrast between hard and soft (blacks and whites) continues. The reader realizes the importance of the continuous hissing as it is repeated in the word "Enslaved", the title of the poem. In the great life line of the Christian West; The poet introduces religion in this line. In keeping with the contrast he has established, the poet uses one word to demonstrate it in this line.

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  6. Compare William Makepeace Thackeray's 'The Due of the Dead' and Sir Henry Newbolt's 'Vitai Lampada' in terms of their effectiveness of form, structure, language and context.

    Thackeray presents the central message of 'The Due of the Dead' effectively through the division of the poem into four distinct sections from the safe, interior home environment 'with curtains drawn, and lamp trimmed bright' in lines 1-4, through the heart-rending bombardment of the atrocities and horrors of war in lines 5-8 and the references to courage and honour in lines 9-12, to the culminant address to his readers' sense of obligation to 'these brave men' who have met 'a soldier's doom', in the final verses.

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  7. A Critical Analysis of 'Anthem for doomed youth' by Wilfred Owen.

    The word 'youth' accentuates his message of the wrong of the war. Owen achieves this as youth conjures thoughts of naivety and innocence that creates even greater pathos then he would achieve had he used the word men. 'Doomed youth' has the use of assonance in the sound with the intention to be drawn out and lugubrious. The poem asks and answers the following question, what funeral and ceremonies are there for the soldiers that die as cannon fodder?

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  8. How important is landscape in some of the literature you have studied on the Great War?

    'Where the sheep feed quietly and take no head', this line gives a very peaceful and tranquil image and creates a large contrast of the war. This theme continues with a very calm and natural image as it goes on, 'on Severn river under the blue'. The colloquial language used also emphasises the fact of the unspoiled image of the landscape around them. The 'violets of pride, purple from Severn side' are used very effectively contrasting with the harshness of the war that killed the young man.

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  9. The poem "Futility" by Wilfred Owen deals with the speaker's desperation after the experience of death on the battlefield which leads him to question the sense of life as well as sense of creation in general.

    refers to the rational side, while the emotional language of the stanzas represent the emotional side which takes over almost immediately. While the speakers' first reactions in both stanzas still seems to be rational, belonging to the world he has been used to and always been able to deal with, representing an order of the world ("wake the seeds"), his following reaction hints at a new view of the world: referring to what has happened "this morning", the world becomes unfamiliar, while the situation that has caused this new view on the world, this confusion, is left indistinct.

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  10. Dulce et Decorum est

    Owen uses words the men would have used and uses alliteration and metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. There is a definite rhyme scheme to this poem and some lines do not fit into this. These lines stick out and draw the reader in and create a point. The most poignant lines are the ones that do not fit in and they also are the most important ones, which the poem centres around. In these most important lines there is quite a lot of repetition, which reinforces the importance of them. In the first few lines Owen uses some quite descriptive similes such as 'coughing like hags'.

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  11. Three poems by Wilfred Owen.

    Owen described them "marching while asleep" and later using a metaphor, as "drunk with fatigue", this illustrates the state of delirium that would have resulted from sleep deprivation and the effects of shock, known as "shell shock" when first identified during the First World War. They are knock-kneed and bent double due to exhaustion, injuries and probably a very poor diet. Owen utilises similes such as 'like old beggars under sacks' and 'coughing like old hags' to describe the physical state of these soldiers, their uniforms being damaged and dirty through battle.

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  12. The management issues that Robert Owen was dealing with at Lanark

    Robert Owen soon discovered that much of his workforce was idle, drunk and dishonest and generally of low quality. The factory was also prone to theft and embezzlement and managers were slack. Robert Owen would have to change the way his employees worked. One of the definitions of management is " The efficient, effective and economic use of resources to achieve results with and through other people"2. However the employees were suspicious of Robert Owen, which meant that he could not meet the necessary requirements of the above definition.

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  13. A critical appreciation of the poem 'Exposure'

    I consider the reference to nature, in particular, to be very important and effective. It is expressed clearly, in a physical sense, in the first line of the first stanza, although Owen does continue this use throughout the poem. 'Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us...' This line shows the 'merciless'/evil wind, nature, to have premeditated causing a pain to the soldiers. This, and that the wind causes a physical pain, 'ache', to the soldiers personifies the weather. The diction in this line, for example, the repetition of s sounds, called sibilance, represents the sound of the wind.

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  14. How does Owen change his affiliations in "Translations"? Discuss his role as translator and 'go-between'.

    Owen is a successful businessman whose job is to translate for the English and turn Irish place names into English. At first he is keen to get the job done and although his partner in the job Yolland is having second thoughts Owen dismisses his opinions. Yolland realises that the tradition of place names is important but Owen chooses not to believe this and tries to justify his actions by saying that most of the community have forgotten the tradition and therefore there is no point in keeping it alive.

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  15. Critical Evaluation of Friel's presentation of Owen (Page 78- 88).

    There is a subtle change in Owen's attitude towards Manus. When Doalty refers to Manus as a "stupid bloody fool" for running away, Own says, "I told him that." This shows his concern for his brother, since he advised him to stay and defend himself. Also, when Lancey asks about Manus' whereabouts, Owen blatantly lies saying that he is at a wake. He directly defies the English in order to protect his brother, and hopefully buy him some more time. When Captain Lancey enters to inform them on the course of action in response to the disappearance of Yolland, Owen is shocked at the coldness and detachment of his words.

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  16. How does Bennett deal with the theme of imprisonment in two or more of his 'talking heads'.

    Both of these monologues use low-key lighting and are quite shadowy, which is perfect for theme of loneliness. I think the obvious symbolic connection between these 2 monologues is windows. Irene uses windows to spy on people and Wilfred uses windows to look out of while he's in jail and they're always in the background and I think this is very important if the theme is to be successful. The camera shots are mainly POV shots to get the shot from the character's point of view otherwise close ups and mid shots are used quite a bit.

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  17. Evolution of Man?

    The entire first stanza makes the reader feel time lapse. The first line starts with a reference to evolution. When man was caveman he used to use stone, then he evolved to bronze and lastly moved on to steel. The persona is talking about Ancient to Modern times. This first line is a reference to historical development. The next two lines make Good 2 the reader feel the time duration. "Two revolutions of the wheel, from Java to Geneva run."

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  18. Soap Opera Script and Treatment

    Tony Jumps from behind, slapping both his palms on Rick's shoulders, making him jump. Walking to the front of Rick's chair he sits opposite him on a coffee table, dressed in his customary expensive designer clothes he stares at Rick. Tony Is it proper to wear tasselled loafers with a business suit or not...Ricky? Don't look at me like I'm insane. Rick (After hesitating) Shut up, yuppie. Tony Easy. You see... Pointing to his other wealthy friends ...we have this bet to see which one of us will get in the Question and Answer column first, and so now I demand an answer.

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  19. Manus and Owen: two contrasting fortunes. How do their attitudes and fortunes change?

    The use of "lame scholar" in Act III, however, is said to draw attention to his pain and suffering. He believes that this makes him less attractive in Maire's eyes. The word "lame" is not used purely in a literal sense. It also carries with it metaphorical meanings. Manus is treated like a slave by Hugh, but feels he cannot apply for the same job as his father, perhaps because he considers him too much competition. Doing this only cripples Manus, as he is restraining himself.

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  20. How is Twentieth Century Drama Defined, and what makes it Successful?

    These issues range from paedophilia, single parents, racism, poverty, and sex. At first the shock factor of hearing these subjects publicly televised or published would have created much interest and controversy. As these subjects have been publicized by newspaper articles and television broadcasts, the disturbance that these issues cause would decrease, but introducing a character into your own home intensifies the shock created. This character takes on the figure of a companion and friend, and is admitted into your confidence as dialectic is created between the viewer and him. When a monologue is shown on television, it allows a character to intrude into your house and confide in you.

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  21. TMA 1 Read Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est then answer the following questions.

    Identify and list in note form three of the techniques used in these lines. Simile Metaphor Onomatopoeia (b) Comment in complete sentences on what the effects of the three techniques you have identified might be. The use of similes such as ?like old beggars? implies the war has robbed the soldiers of their dignity and reduced them to vagabonds without honour or respectability. ?Coughing like hags? is used to revolt and disturb the reader, it illustrates the soldiers as diseased and grotesque but it also suggests the war has aged them prematurely and these men are as fragile as old women.

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