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    TulaneUniversity,2005. This study has been examined Joyce's(and Toni Morrison) reaction to the political pressures of his times with an emphasis on diversity and ethical understanding. Joyce's opinion about nationalism has been explained by giving special importance to his work, Ulysses . The dissertation has been questioned Joyce's anti-nationalism. Kelly's study will be greatly useful to the proposed study as it will hopefully enable the researcher to comprehend more dimensions of Joyce's themes, characters, and technique.

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  2. Paul's secret of secrets was his wooden horse, that which had no name

    It was well used and was about to break due too the immense pressure Paul put on it. The Derby was drawing closer, with only two weeks left; Paul still had not found the winning horses. However, he would not give up hope and he still rode the horse, sometimes frantically for an answer. The voices in the house were still getting louder as everyday piles of bills and CCJs dropped onto the rough mat underneath the letterbox. Mother picked these letters up and cried, "Oh I wish, I could seal the post box, cut the telephone wire, and disable the doorbell."

    • Word count: 815
  3. The Boat by Alistair MacLeod

    The link between the narrator's feelings of being "foolishly alone" and the absence of his father is underscored here. The narrator describes his frequent early morning awakenings where he faces "the terrible fear that I have overslept ... [and] that my father is waiting for me" in a manner that suggests an action that has become reflexive after years and years of constant early mornings to go fishing with his father and the other men: "There are times when I am half out of bed and fumbling for socks and mumbling for words before I realize that I am foolishly alone, that no one waits at the base of the stairs and no boat rides restlessly in the waters of the pier".

    • Word count: 962
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    in the playground at school where Stephen watches the game instead of playing (p.7)). - Stephen possesses many characteristics which are ironically contradictory to each other: he is lonely but afraid to love, a romantic in the sense that he's a daydreamer, yet he is also a realist at home; too shy to kiss a girl he is interested in yet he seeks out prostitutes; hesitant when it comes to defending himself to his classmates yet courageous enough to confront authority figures (i.e.

    • Word count: 654
  5. Paul’s Case written by Willa Cather

    Paul is seen by others as unusual and misfit and as much out of ordinary physically as mentally. Paul's confused personality confuses others around him also. People are not completely certain how to treat Paul and this is why he is outcast and mistreated. Although audience never reads about how Paul's peers treat him, it is obvious that he is afraid of his father who verbally abuses him and dislikes his teachers who cannot understand him. Teachers make Paul feel secondary to the other classmates, they don't bother with helping him to study and by doing so cease Paul's desire to learn.

    • Word count: 870
  6. The character of Major Paul Petkoff in the play "Arms in the Man."

    Petkoff is involved in many humorous exploits throughout the play that better develop his character into the happy easygoing man you see at the end. In the beginning of Act II, we see Mr. Petkoff enjoying lunch with his wife. Being the traditional man, he disapproves of the electric bell his wife installed to call for Nicola. Failing to see the need, he just raises his voice and hollers to his man servant, much to the dismay of his wife.

    • Word count: 751
  7. Parallels Between Love Stories - "Eros & Psyche and Beauty & the Beast"

    In the story of Cupid & Psyche, Cupid charges Psyche with the challenge to never look upon his face. He gives her no reason for this order, so Psyche must perform an act of blind faith. But, out of curiosity, she breaks their pact and looks upon his face at night. This is similar to Belle's curiosity over the "West Wing" of the castle, in Beauty & The Beast. The Beast tells Belle to never, under any circumstances, venture to the West Wing. Like Cupid, he gives his lover no reason for this, except that "IT'S FORBIDDEN!" Belle, too, had to perform an act of blind faith, but broke her lover's rule by going up to the West Wing to view its forbidden contents.

    • Word count: 651
  8. Trust in Diversity.

    It is at this point when the true conflict of the character is spelled out for the reader. He is a white man, trying to raise his son properly in a dangerous world. Across the road, he comes in contact with a black man, who he assumes makes a living selling drugs and helps to make the world so perilous. The narrator describes the man's physical appearance using the phrase, "the body of a tight end"(Chabon 4). From the first time that he saw the man and his son, the speaker admits to making negative assumptions about their life.

    • Word count: 981
  9. Play: Simply HeavenlyTheatre Company and Venue: Trafalgar StudiosDate of Performance: 1/11/2004 Simply Heavenly, a good choice for the name of this play as it fits in with the theme of love

    This is a front view of the stage: After the dance routine most actors leave gradually. A few characters remain; the barman, Bodiddly and his son, and other customers. The scene change is clever and smooth using music to draw attention from the actors leaving the stage. After this short scene we are introduced to another character, Jesse Simple. The scene changes to Jesse's room. His room looks lower class and hasn't got much on it. He has a bed and bedside table, cupboard, and very few possessions. The decoration and colours used are dark browns, greens, and simple accessories.

    • Word count: 732
  10. Setting of "Araby"

    North Richmond Street is introduced as a blind and quiet place. The narrator states that the house is detached from the others on the street but that, "The other houses on the street, conscious of decent living within them, gazed at one another with brown imperturbable faces" (294, paragraph 1). This description gives the readers the idea that the boy lives an isolated and lonely life. Darkness is also used to create the atmosphere. The streets around the boy's house and the room in which the former tenant died in is are described as dark. The darkness that surrounds the boy's environment symbolizes the boy's mixed emotions and his uncertain feelings.

    • Word count: 774
  11. Obsession: A Devastating State

    There must be more money" (399)! Paul and his sisters could always hear it although nobody dared speak it. Paul's obsession with luck and money develops when he inquires to his mother as to why they do not have a car. His mother says it is because they are the poor members of the family and they have no luck. She then explains to Paul that luck is not money; luck is what causes you to have money. Paul confidently boasts, "I'm a lucky person" (400). You can feel the intensity of his desire "seeking inwardly for luck... He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it" (401).

    • Word count: 963
  12. What sort of violence is produced by the narratives of religion and politics, their structures and responses and their link to a violent history.

    These are individually unreliable, only when unified can the reader begin to address some of the truths. Also Garcia is not only the narrator but a witness and therefore is unreliable due to his emotional connection with events. Marquez wrote in first person using omniscient third person effects similar to Joyce's, but unfamiliar with the latter Marquez uses a technique of disrupted linear narrative. Marquez writes a chronicle not to unfold a mystery but to hide within it deep subversive feelings towards political and religious bodies, similar to Joyce and more recently Trevor Williams. Through this similarity we see how different due to the violence Marquez's books are.

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  13. New Criticism of Short Story Araby by James Joyce.

    The theme of isolation is eminent from the opening paragraphs that describe a dark, quiet street. We are told North Richmond Street "was a quiet street"1 and that the "days of winter became dusk"2 as the story establishes its setting. The references to darkness and emptiness accurately depict the emotion of being physically and mentally isolated and are used by the author throughout the text. Death can be seen as the ultimate form of isolation and loneliness because it separates the person form the rest of the world. This explains the imagery of the dead priest on the opening paragraphs and helps give the piece a tone of isolation and loneliness.

    • Word count: 712

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • I choose to compare and contrast Nicholas and Paul's characteristics.

    "As a conclusion, both major characters are analyzed by their thought and point of view, authors' descriptions and the actions that they did in the stories. Both of them bring up the event to life and how their characteristics capture the readers' attention to understand the messages and themes in the stories."

  • With reference to any two short stories that you have studied in the course, compare and contrast any two characters.

    "After comparing and contrasting the characters, Nicholas and Paul, I realised that Nicholas is a stiff character while Paul is a round character. Nicholas' characteristic does not change from the beginning of the story till the end. He is still a naughty young boy, from telling his aunt about the frog in his basin of bread-and-milk and till the time when he rebels against his aunt. Otherwise Paul, his characteristics changes from being na�ve and innocent to mentally and emotionally challenged where at the end of the story he dies because of tensed and brain fever. In my opinion, these two characters succeed in bringing up the two short stories. D. H. Lawrence and H. Munro Saki thrived in expressing their thought trough these two characters."

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