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    Atonement, Brionys early stages

    She needed emotional support instead of materialistic. Her father, who does not play a major role in her life, is always away working and does not show any interest in her. Her mother, who is always sick, by having migraine, has a quite similar personality to Briony. Both are characters, who long for attention but never get it. Briony tries to get it through blaming Robbie for raping her sister Cecilia, although she did not recognize him. I think she just blames and accuses him, to get more attention and that people would then show an interest in her.

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  2. The intense sunlight shimmed through the curtains like a light into a diamond ring. The compassionate sunlight probed my skin and then, it was gone. Like my desire to live.

    What had I become? How could I do such a thing? I started to panic. Heat surrounded me like a fire as my heart pounded the blood around my body. My conscience was knocking at the door. I felt like I never had the right to live any longer. She must suspect something? Surely by now! I acquired my razor in my left crippled hand, I observed it closely. Robert Colquitt Page 2 I saw my reflection in the sharp blade. Absurd thoughts raced through my troubled mind.

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  3. chinese cinderella

    Therefore I believe she did have moments of true happiness but they were short-lived as these emotions are soon distorted by the adversity she received through her family. For example we are then informed of the sad matter of how no one goes and visits her at school when she receives theses prizes. In this same scene we find out how Adeline's own sister blamed her, a four year old child, for the death of their mother. "If you had not been born Mama would still be alive".

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  4. Room with a view E.M.Forster wrote 'A Room with a View' and it was published in 1908. Critically this novel has been treated as a fine example of travel literature, character development and comedy

    Cousin Charlotte is not as rich as Lucy and travels with monetary help from Lucy's mother. In return for this help, Charlotte tries to impart her wisdom to Lucy by acting as chaperone. Instead, she comes off as a self-serving spinster who loves to play the role of 'prematurely aged martyr' During their trip to Italy Charlotte's obvious Victorian values are shown as soon as they arrive at the hotel when they discover that there is not a view from their rooms.

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  5. Anne pulled a screwed up five pound note out of the pocket of her worn out jeans with her shaking hand and handed it to the el

    This showed and proved she was not and neither was her life, far from it in fact. She slumped against the steps outside the shop and placed her bag down on the ground beside her. Holding her head in one hand and rubbing her tender beaten skin with the other where her mother had beaten her the previous night.

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  6. Post 21st Century Autobiography 'Ugly' - Costance Briscoe

    But the book also describes her academic life and how she was really ambitious and succeeded by getting into college. But theirs always a catch in a story and in someone's real life. This time her grant form got ripped up and there were no surprises on who ripped it up. Constance wrote about her being upset because her mother wouldn't let her go to grammar school although all of her other friends were going because she thought that Constance wasn't clever enough and, absurdly because she wet the bed.

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  7. "Is Heart of Darkness a racist novella

    Joseph Conrad was born in Poland, a country which became 'sliced up' by Russia, Prussia and Austria and exploited to the most extreme. The Africa in Heart of Darkness is a projection of Conrad's homeland Poland. It would be incomprehensible for Conrad to exploit Africa and its people maliciously as he too understands the pain of oppression. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o points out that "the African writer and Joseph Conrad share the same world and that is why Conrad's world is so familiar.

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  8. In The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence, Morag Gunn's association with Ella Gerson provides her with opportunities to examine aspects of life that she might not have been exposed to otherwise.

    Ella comes into Morag's life during a period of significant change and adjustment, and at a time when she needs support and friendship. Ella, like Morag, is a writer, and they first meet at University.

    • Word count: 420
  9. The presentation of relationships between women in The Color Purple and Girl

    This is an example of how a girl can learn to be a responsible, independent woman from an older woman's experience and advice. Kincaid shows that the mother has strong, definite views on how a woman should behave and, leaving no room for discussion, she dictates these to her daughter with a 'shopping' list of maternal advice beginning "Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the colour clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothes-line to dry''1.

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  10. The themes of Eveline and A Little cloud are very different, however havve the ending of an emotional aparalysis taking place

    "But in her new home, in a distant country, it would never be like that" (30). Her decision making process is also burdened with the promise she made to her mother to "keep the family together as long as she could". With this promise in mind, Eveline revises her view of her life at home by remembering the small kindness over the years such as her father caring for her when she was sick and a family picnic before her mother died.

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  11. Rape in The History of MissBetsy Thoughtless

    He however is quite determined to achieve his desires and it is only the arrival of her brother Francis that saves her virtue and honor. Francis, as any honorable man would challenges the man who has encroached upon his sister's honor and a duel in which both opponents are injured ensues. Dueling is illegal and both and young men are threatened with expulsion from Oxford but interestingly enough neither are actually condemned for their actions. Their behavior is accepted as proper and honorable.

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  12. Blindness as a Cause for Suffering in Evelyn Lau's Runaway

    She is blind to love, blind to aid and, though somewhat solipsist, blind to even herself. Evelyn fails to see the love in the way her parents decide to raise her. She believes homelessness, where she can live by her own rules, at the age of fourteen, will solve her issues of confinement at home. In a fit of anger, she writes, "Haven't my parents ostracized me enough?" (Lau 15). In this, Evelyn attributes the actions of her parents to the problems she faces while on the streets. Because she feels they raise her incorrectly, she forces herself into a life as a homeless, teenage, drug addict, prostitute, and yet still blames it on her parents.

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  13. "Charlotte's Web": A Place in the Heart.

    And finally I will explore the topic of death and how it is dealt with throughout the text. Wilbur's first encounter with Charlotte comes at a moment in time when he needs it the most and is delighted to both meet her and have her become such an important part of his life. By having these two characters become close friends: Wilbur a pig, and Charlotte a spider, E.B. White demonstrates that despite their physical differences there is no reason why the two characters cannot become friends. Upon their first meeting Wilbur immediately says to Charlotte, "I think you are pretty".1 Throughout the book there is never a moment where either character reconsiders their friendship because they are so unalike physically.

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  14. Pearl Prynne- A Blessing And A Curse

    Pearl was at times a literal thorn in the flesh, bringing trouble, heartache, and frustration to her mother, yet while at the same time serving a constructive purpose lying far beyond the daily provocations of her childish impishness. Besides being Hester's savior, so to speak, from temptation and the wild passion her nature tended toward, Pearl was a perpetual reminder of her mother's ignominious sin. However, despite the guilt and shame that this incurred, it was a kind of blessing to Hester, for it strengthened her character by forcing her to confront her sin and be true to herself and others about it.

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  15. Reader Response to Dorothy Butler's Cushla and Her Books.

    Within the first few pages of the book Cushla and her family intrigued me. Cushla's mother was the exact same age as I am right now when she had her daughter. For me, the thought of having a child at this point in my life is terrifying and incomprehensible. So to try and understand how this young women and her husband had the strength, and courage to believe that they could cope with the hardships of raising a sick child is absolutely I incredible to me.

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  16. Daniel Defoe.

    (Of course, part of the comic effect stems from the fact that no one person could have experienced all that Moll does.) Moll Flanders concerns itself above all with the practical, day-to-day exigencies of a woman who enjoys no long-standing social stability or financial security, allowing the accumulation of factual detail to stand as evidence for the writing's truthfulness, if not its literal truth. His language, which is also Moll's throughout, is plain and un-literary. The prose is not allusive, ornamental, or metaphoric, relying rather on the combination of journalistic accuracy and a strong personal voice for their effects of authenticity.

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  17. Poetry appreciation of 'Tulips' by Silvia Plath.

    This gives us the impression that it is not a very happy poem. Also we think of a hospital because in hospitals everything is normally white both physically and mentally. There is a repetition of the 'igh' sound; this gives the effect of everything being quiet and cold. She is "learning peacefulness", she could be getting peace from the drugs they have been wadding her with or she could be learning peace from lying there for so long. This verse is broken and she goes on to say she is "nobody". This is very sinister.

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  18. Journalist, short story writer, and novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author, was born on August 8, 1896. Though she was greatly influenced by Florida in her writings, she wasn't a native. She grew up in Washington D.C. and moved to Wisconsin to become an English major at the University of Wisconsin. After college, she married Charles A. Rawlings in 1919 and lived in New England for a few years. In early 1928, Rawlings traveled to Cross Creek, Florida, and bought a farm. It is here that Rawlings wrote The Yearling, the novel that brought her fame and awards.

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  19. Moll Flanders essay - marriage and wealth, a moral issue.

    was very willing to be a servant, and any kind of servant they thought fit to have me be." During Moll's period of innocence, then, we can see that, despite her hard and honest work, she is dependent on the charity of the powerful, which can be taken from her at any moment. She is lucky to be a charming child, thus gaining favor: perhaps it is better not to wonder about the fates of the ugly and charmless children. Moll's natural wish is for security, and simple virtue and labor cannot give this to her. Although Moll's seduction is described in an almost unfriendly way, it is quite exceptional, by what it lacks as well as what it contains.

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  20. A Woman's Best Friends.

    She is almost sure that she is dying. She is relieved that her dogs are coming with her when she says, "My two beloved dogs appear. They flank me like tiny rockets, their fur pressed against my ribs. A leather harness holds us all together. The dogs climb toward light, pulling me upward at a slant from the sea." Even though in reality it is dark and stormy around her, she is dreaming that she is with her dogs, so all is well.

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  21. themes in the poetry of Christina Rossetti

    Again, she deals with this in a startlingly refreshing and compassionate way, often with the sense of melancholy but never with depression. Christina Rossetti did not just write for adult amusement, but also wrote poetry for children, and again the themes of Love and Death are featured frequently within these works. Rossetti manages to deal with both emotions in a matter-of-fact style, which a child would appreciate whilst remaining compassionate. It will be necessary to briefly consider some of Christina Rossettiļæ½s personal affairs to see how these have influenced her poetry.

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  22. Women violence and its connection to sexuality and madness in Marina Carr's Portia Coughlan, By the Bog of Cats and Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Linane.

    Being an outcast for the society makes women fall, the state prevents them from thinking in a reasonable way and makes them being confused. Violence seems to be the only solution for those women as they want to show themselves and others that they still possess power over their bodies and minds, and can still control other humans. Losing their sexual attractiveness they feel like losing themselves and in order to regain wahat they have lost, they employ violence as a tool for solving their problems.

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  23. Is Hester Swane, the protagonist from By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr, a witch?

    Through legends, myths, documents of fact and literature of fiction, the reader is allowed to gain the knowledge about witches' nature and culture and to enter their world. However, the question still remains : is every woman perceived as a witch is indeed one? The drama written by Marina Carr entitled By the Bog of Cats presents the character of Hester Swane and her fateful attempt to reclaim her lover, her child and her home. Left for a woman of greater means, the dangerous and hypnotic Hester, perceived by the village society as a witch, finds herself on a collision

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  24. The Lady with the Pet Dog is a very unique fiction story originally written by Anton Chekhov a Russian writer born 1860.

    Slowly the affair progressed to intimacy and they fell in love. Shortly Anna had to return home to her husband. After Anna left Dimitry could not deny his love for her so he went to Moscow to try and ease the loneness he felt for her. They began to have an affair again not sure of what is to come next. Joyce Carol Oates was an American writer who was raised in upstate New York. Also a writer who likes to write from a realistic point of view. In 1972 Oates revised the short story The Lady with the Pet Dog making it American and more modern.

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  25. Character analysis of "A pair of tickets".

    This is a reflection of Jing-mei's attitude towards Chinese and her fear of accepting it as her own identity. "I bite my lip, trying not to cry. I'm afraid to feel their joy." (173) This happened during the reunion of Jing-mei's father and Aiyi. Lili is a reflection of Jing-mei, fearing the culture by refusing to have anything to do with Jing-mei and trying her best to avoid her. Jing-mei also sees herself as an American, not ever able to fit in as a Chinese.

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