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  1. The Role of Slavery in 'Oroonoko'. Aphra Behns Oroonoko, published in the late 1600s, was undoubtedly progressive for its time. Not only is the story written by a woman and incorporates some traces of feminism (i.e. Imoinda is depicted as a fearles

    For example, Oroonoko has a French tutor to educate him in all areas, from science to etiquette. The narrator is clearly impressed by his title and his knowledge of European customs as she states: "He had nothing of Barbarity in his Nature, but in all Points address'd himself, as if his Education had been in some European Court" (p 43). Here, one can already get the sense that the narrator views Oroonoko as elite and exceptional, unlike common black people. Her physical description of him further emphasizes this discrepancy: "His face was not of that brown, rusty Black which most of that Nation are, but a perfect Ebony, or polish'd Jett" (p 43).

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  2. The Hungry Dr.

    It is to be assumed that the doctor dies shortly after. The Hunger Artist tells the story of a man who fasts for days on end for the enjoyment of onlookers. Eventually his craft losses its appeal and the man is forced to join a circus, as he is not skilled in any other craft. He is all but forgotten as he fasts, eventually starving to death. With his lasts words he explains why he fasted and of his own disbelief in himself. One of the most obvious similarities between the two stories is that both main characters are unappreciated.

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  3. Discuss the theme of perfection in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    The poet tells us that "Hit is a syngne that Salomon set sumquyle/ In bytoknyng of trawthe"1 (SGGK line 625/6); the pentangle is therefore associated with the Jewish king who was noted for great wisdom and also the idea of "trawthe". Truth in the medieval era could have many different implications; according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word "trawthe" in the fourteenth century, when the poem is believed to have been written, could mean faithfulness, loyalty, honesty or without deceit, one's pledged word, religious belief, virtue and integrity2.

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  4. Virtue is defined as self reliance in mid Victorian Britain Choosing two texts, consider evidence for and against this view.

    Smiles, S. (1859) The True Gentleman. Smiles considers that a gentleman can be either rich or poor providing he had a high standard of morals. Dr Donna Loftus, however, writes that 'thrift, responsibility and self-reliance were important aspects of Victorian middle-class culture'. Loftus, D. (2001) The Rise of the Victorian Middle Class [online]. Loftus describes the virtues that are preferred for the middle classes. The working class woman quoted by Henry Mayhew describes how she was virtuous at the beginning of her career but she was 'obligated to go a bad way'.

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  5. Putting a Ban on School Uniforms

    Since all uniforms look alike, students will not be able to create fashion statements. Usually when teenagers express themselves they define their cliques by how expensive an outfit is. Low-income students will feel ostracized because they will not be able to fit in with the other students. This could lead to depression and sometimes dropping out of school. "There is more of a socio-economic balance among the students with the wearing of uniforms. Students who attempt to make fashion statements through the wearing of designer clothing are virtually neutralized. School spirit is enhanced because a feeling of togetherness is created.

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  6. The Landscape of London

    in a middle-class, West End neighborhood. In contrast, the atavistic Mr. Hyde is "wicked-looking" (47) and "downright detestable" (35), and he is appropriately situated in Soho, a dismal neighborhood that evokes the worst stereotypes about the East End. Yet, these binary oppositions are interrogated and deconstructed. The boundaries between good and evil are blurred when it is revealed that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are two facets of the same person. In a similar way, the distinctions between East and West London become blurred through the treatment of the setting. Mr.

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  7. Free essay

    With careful reference to Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and Medea by Euripides, show how attributes traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity are contrasted.

    We see a more masculine, heroic side to Medea's character as she warns "Let no one think of me as humble or weak or passive; let them understand I am of a different kind: dangerous to my enemies." Plotting to kill Glauce and her father Creon, Medea sends her sons to their palace with robes and jewellery laced with poison as a mock peace gesture. This shows Medea to be a very strong willed character as she feels no remorse when her plan works. In fact she feels proud and actually revels in her achievement "Tidings most fair are thine!

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  8. Adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray into a play

    Timing must also be considered. The action occurs at a slower pace in a novel than onstage, which allows for techniques such as flashbacks, as well as long, flowery descriptions, which are not easily portrayed onstage. 'throwing on an elaborate dressing-gown of silk-embroidered cashmere wool, passed into the onyx-paved bathroom' This is one in a whole paragraph of descriptions, which must be shortened into images to be portrayed onstage. The adapter must also cut as much as possible of what they deem to be unnecessary to the meaning created in order to make the play short enough to still be of interest to an audience, but long enough to attend to the issues at hand.

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  9. Szcsenyi krisztina

    2. the order of the words is different (the possessor precedes the possessed). To prove that the king of England is a Noun Phrase, Radford gives a genitive S inflection to it. The same can be done with the Hungarian Noun Phrase. a) The king of England's crown. b) Anglia kir�ly�nak a koron�ja. In the English example there is no determiner in front of the possessed unlike in the Hungarian. In the English Noun Phrase the sequence [of England] is a Prepositional Phrase constituent, because it can be coordinated with another Prepositional Phrase.

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  10. The Lexus and the Olive Tree

    Friedman's Lexus symbolizes the process and pursuit of higher living standards, better computer technologies and bigger global markets. Friedman uses the example of an olive tree to represent everything that is important to us and that we consider dear to us. In a more detailed explanation, it is everything that "roots us, anchors us, identifies us and locates us" (Friedman 12). Examples of what the olive tree symbolizes are almost anything that constitutes a home for us; makes us feel part of something.

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  11. With reference to the following quotations, discuss the ways in which Daphne Du Maurier moves between realism and romance in Rebecca.

    cries and says 'it was a dismal finish to my morning and the day ahead of me was long' this tells the audience that her life is unlike the heroines. Daphne Du Maurier uses this girl as the heroine of her novel and reflects her against the fictional character of Rebecca to tell the audience that the girl is a symbol of reality. Quite often in this story Maurier uses the two characters which contrast each other because one defines romance and the other defines reality. This both indulges and scrutinises female desires as they are mediated in romantic fiction.

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    He deliberately sets out to emulate the knights-errant he has read about in chivalric romances. Cervantes tells us on page 254 that Don Quixote sat down to "decide whether it would be better...to imitate Orlando in his outrageous frenzies or Amadis in his melancholy moods." Further, he is so obsessed with honor and with glory that he does battle with enemies that exist only in his mind (people, windmills and sheep). Prince Myshkin, on the other hand, is innately honorable, virtuous and selfless. He naturally sees good in everyone, helps anyone in need without seeking recognition, and would not dream of using violence.

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  13. Book Review The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Tradition Values and Spiritual Growth. Author: M. Scott Peck

    He goes on to state that this 'lack of discipline' has caused people generally to avoid problems, maybe in an effort to let them go away rather than dealing with them. This (avoiding) leads to one becoming frustrated, sad, lonely, guilty or even angry. This Scott feels is the "primary basis of all human mental illness. This would mean, if accepted as true, all of us humans suffer for some mental defect with some of us being worst than some.

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  14. Using the readings by B. Malinowski, briefly describe the Kula exchange and its importance in Trobriand society.

    Mwali and soulava are used as ornaments on occasions of significant importance however though usable this is not the main function of these articles. The ceremonial exchange of mwali and soulava is the fundamental aspect of the Kula. To understand how the simple exchange of two articles results in an vast, complex and deeply rooted institution one must look at every detail of this exchange which is fixed and regulated by a set of traditional rules and conventions. Not every man who lives within the cultural sphere of the Kula participates in it.

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  15. Book Review Essay - My Jim, by Nancy Rawles

    In his book, The Known World, Edward Jones has also provided us with an authentic voice of slaves who, up until recently, have been portrayed as racist stereotypes and who have been completely marginalized in popular literature. My Jim, by Nancy Rawles, is in the same category as The Known World as one of the most memorable revisionist novels that truly illuminates readers about the authentic lives of African-American slaves. The Known World is an important, breathtaking and informative novel, but its complex chronology and plethora of characters will likely overwhelm high school students.

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  16. Honor in White's 'The Once and Future King'.

    Merlyn, the magician who travels backward through time, allows Wart to brood and fuss over never reaching that knightly status, though Merlyn knows otherwise. The reader knows of Arthur's kind nature as a small boy almost immediately in the story, where he is bullied by Kay, his older brother (not by relation), and yet loves him unconditionally. Merlyn takes Wart on Angelakos 2 amazing adventures and repeatedly transforms him into various animals in order to educate him of life's morals, and in retaliation, Kay jealously attempts to beat Wart, until he altogether breaks down and cries that Merlyn always takes Wart on these great adventures, how come he is never invited?

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  17. Palestine's importance as the Holy Land made it an area of concern during the territorial distribution at the Paris Peace Conference.

    more as he understood that the Arabs "have not included the places inhabited by a foreign race in the territories, which they demand" (Friedman, 107). More evidence surfaces to show Friedman's view when discussing Jewish settlement in Palestine. He says that "McMahon detected no contradiction between Suares' scheme and the promises made to Hussein, only reinforces the case that Palestine was not meant to be given to the Arabs" (Friedman, 110). Friedman continues to prove his point by interpreting a letter from Hussein that indicates the limits of Arab independence.

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  18. Using Chopin's "The Awakening" as an inspiration for poetry.

    My transformation moves from a third person, omniscient narrator in the novel to dual first person narrative. For example, Edna openly declares her love for Robert, at the time of her death: ?I?m the person who deserves your love.? The narrative voice appears more autonomous in the sonnet because the author?s evaluation of the moral choices that her characters make is lost. The sonnet form successfully enables Edna to reveal her true emotions to the reader, whilst shedding light on the character?s relationships in the short story. The form of English sonnets enabled me to phonetically create the sound of a heart beating through the strict meter of iambic pentameter.

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  19. Theme Analysis of Charles Dickens "Hard Times".

    He finally had these published in 1836 as Sketches by Boz, which would become his first book. Once success became evident, Charles married Catherine Hogarth, with whom he had ten children. ________________ Theme Analysis The consequences of nineteen century England?s overzealous adoption of industrialization are exposed in Dickens?s novel through the philosophy and actions of the characters Mr. Gradgrind and follower Mr. Bounderby, as they explore their Utilitarian views and turn humans into machines by educating children in the ways of fact and treating factory workers as emotionless matter that is easily exploited for his own self-interest, creating boring, uniform existences, that know nothing of the pleasures of life, as their fantasies and feelings become dull.

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  20. Charles Dickens charts the development of several major characters in Hard Times to conclude that the only characters who have can see through both fact and fancy are successful.

    When Louisa was young, he father told her to never wonder, indicative of how Gradgrind influenced his children to follow facts from the beginning. Tom and Louisa are both dissatisfied with their lives and ?[peep] with all their might through a hole in a deal board? towards a circus; they attempt to cross the threshold towards a life of fancy but are reprimanded by Mr. Gradgrind before they can explore the heart-heavy wilderness (19). Mrs. Gradgrind further yells, ?Go and be somethingological directly,? indicating that she is so brainwashed by facts that she believes he children must always be studying, as if they were machines.

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