The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Discussion as an example of Gothic Fiction and as a critique of Victorian society.
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Discussion as an example of Gothic Fiction and as a critique of Victorian society. This book was written at a time of change in the world of fiction as a new form of gothic literature emerged. Fin de Siecle was a new type of New Gothic that had elements that differed from previous gothic stories. Stevenson's story is based around various shards of the gothic and is mainly focused on exposing the "duality of man" and his struggle to hide it from the outside world. The symbolism of Jekyll and Hyde is truly extended to all with differing parts in all of us. It was not a new idea as it had been seen in the classic example of a good and bad guardian, a devil on one shoulder and an angel on another, and also in gothic literature before it, such as Frankenstein with the duelling personalities of Frankenstein and the monster, creator and creation which is easily comparable with the roles of Jekyll and Hyde, ". Stevenson had his influences apart from classic novels, his past had a tremendous affect on this novella as the language, used by Jekyll in particular is similar to Stevenson with possible links between the two, gives the reader an insight into his mind. His Calvinistic upbringing has a bearing on the way Jekyll tries to describe Hyde in his final statement. We get a lexical set of words like "hellish but inorganic", "That child of
How far does Wilfred Owen's poetry convey the realities of war? Discuss three or four poems you have studied.
Coursework Essay How far does Wilfred Owen's poetry convey the realities of war? Discuss three or four poems you have studied. Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and he joined the army in 1915. He was invalided because of shell shock and was sent to a hospital in Edinburgh. It was in this hospital that Owen met Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon helped Owen with his poems. Although Owen only published five poems in his lifetime he is very much remembered for his bleak sense of realism, his anger and his realistic portrayal of the war. For my essay I have chosen to write about three of Wilfred Owen's poems. They are 'Dulce et Decorum est', 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' and 'Exposure'. 'Dulce et Decorum est' is about some young soldiers who are at war. They are marching but are so tired it is difficult for them to carry on. But they must as their lives depend on it. Suddenly there is a gas attack and through their tiredness a soldier shouts in panic because he cannot get his gas mask on and dies before their eyes. They place the dead body onto their wagon. Still the soldiers carry on. In the first line of the poem: 'Bent double, like old beggars under sacks', the soldiers are compared to beggars. This is to create the image of the soldiers gaunt and starving and in need of help. The pace of the first stanza is slow and Wilfred Owen uses a caesura, which is a pause to
King Lear Act II
English Lit: King Lear * Q: Discuss the presentation of Lear in Act II Scene IV. Explore the ways Lear changes in this scene commenting on his language and actions. Explore what they reveal at this stage in the play. 'I shall go mad' Act II Scene IV welcomes the theme of role reversal and reinforces the evident stripping of power encountered by Lear and the utter mistreatment of Lear which unveil a irrational and vulnerable king from the beginning to the end of the scene. Symbolism is used to impose an ominous idea from the very beginning of the scene as the fool is quick to interject Lear, and exclaims 'Winter's not gone yet, if the wild-geese fly that way'. The fool indicates and rightly so makes the prediction that despite Lear believes he has hit rock bottom and isn't receiving what is owed to him, things will only get worse. And with this, a negative and malevolent scene to come is projected by Shakespeare. Further, Lear is presented as a poor father. The fool also highlights the theme of role reversal when he announces to Lear 'Fathers that wear rags'. Role reversal is envisioned and thrown directly at Lear - how is it that Lear has nothing while his children have complete power and wealth? By 'rags', does Shakespeare suggest Lear's lack of wealth or Lear's lack of love? Lear has quickly been deprived of both as a consequence of his decisions and he is now left a
Hamlet. In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, one of the main themes is the discrepancy between appearance and reality.
In the play 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare, one of the main themes is the discrepancy between appearance and reality. The development of this theme through the plot, soliloquy and imagery help to reinforce the player's role in the play and directs the audience to where their allegiances should lie for the climax of the play. The theme appearance versus reality is clearly evident throughout this Shakespearean play; it is introduced at the very beginning through Claudius' speech to the court. The structure and rhythm of this blank verse carries him through but the imagery that Shakespeare uses signals to the audience the corruption in Denmark - he uses phrases such as 'defeated joy', 'one auspicious and one drooping eye' and 'wisest sorrow'. These opposing images and hollow phrases reveal the hypocrisy of the diplomat's words; how can a person have 'one auspicious and one drooping eye' unless they are duplicitous? Claudius' opening speech is also eloquent, relaxed and so carefully structured that it appears rehearsed - he deals with three items of business before confronting his black-suited nephew: Old King Hamlet's death; the threat from Fortinbras' army; Laertes' impending departure to France. Shakespeare here signals to the audience that Claudius is uneasier than he appears by leaving his nephew and son-in-law to deal with last. In my opinion, the exposition of
Blanche's world is often contrasted to the world of Stanley and Stella. Blanche firmly states the kind of world she wants: "I don't want realism...I'll tell you what i want. Magic!" In what way is Blanche's world an illusion?
Blanche's world is often contrasted to the world of Stanley and Stella. Blanche firmly states the kind of world she wants: "I don't want realism...I'll tell you what i want. Magic!" In what way is Blanche's world an illusion? We first meet Blanche in Scene 1 as she travels to her sister's flat in Elysian fields, New Orleans. Elysian Fields, being a mythological place, naturally leads Blanche to have high expectations and considering her sister's former residence of Belle Reve, Blanche is expecting something more grande than a two room flat in a less than respectable area but even when she sees it is not what she was anticipating she manages to almost romanticise it by relating it to something from an Edgar Allen Poe story ("Only Poe! Only Mr Edgar Allen Poe! - could do it justice!) Stella has adapted to the new way of life in New Orleans. She has lowered her standards and married "a different species" and in doing so she has maintained a grasp on reality. Blanche, by contrast, stayed in Belle Reve amidst the pretence that all was well, living in an ignorant bliss started generations back, of which she was the last survivor. She is one in a long line of people lost in illusion; her ancestors let Belle Reve get lost while they ignored the state of the deep South and their diminishing finances, instead favouring "epic fornications". Blanche continued this legacy, paying not only
To what extent does form influence attitude? Compare Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade with Sassoon's Prelude: the Troops and examine how the poets' attitude to war is conveyed through their choice of poetic for...
Remember to put the cursor on the asterisk to get the Examiner's advice. To what extent does form influence attitude? Compare Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' with Sassoon's 'Prelude: the Troops' and examine how the poets' attitude to war is conveyed through their choice of poetic form. The way a poet decides to use form when they are getting across their message is very important. These two poems are written very differently. Tennyson's poem has very strong rhythms and very strong rhymes that create a fluent effect. Sassoon's poem has longer lines but does not rhyme and comes across as being more serious. *[Ea1] The poets are writing in two different eras and this may account for the different ways in which they write and their different attitudes towards war. Tennyson is far more upbeat*[Ea2] in tone than Sassoon. Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' tells the story of six hundred cavalry troops who run into a trap and are almost all killed by the enemy's cannons. It has a very strong, driving rhythm: *[Ea3] Half a league, half a league That captures the way the horses are charging. There is also a strong use of rhyme used throughout like, 'reply,' 'why' and 'die'. This makes the poem more fluent and it reads like a song. There is also a lot of repetition used in the poem, such as: Cannon to right of them Cannon to left of them Cannon in
How does Michael Henchard Suggest Lucetta Is Shallow where does she come from?
How does Michael Henchard Suggest Lucetta Is Shallow where does she come from? Lucetta enters the story when Elizabeth Jane meets her at her mother's grave. Elizabeth -Jane noticed that it was a lady much more beautifully dressed than she. This mysterious woman disappears in to the distance as Elizabeth goes to confront her. Soon Elizabeth Jane meets Lucetta for the second time, she sits on the bench inside the churchyard. Lucceta asks if Michael is well. She tries to help Elizabeth in her troubles. She soon leaves after she made a proposal about Elizabeth coming to stay with her. Elizabeth accepted the offer and soon she had moved in with Lucetta. The story continues from there. Lucetta's antics begin at chapter twenty one. She begins to show us how shallow she is when she hears her servant showing a visitor into the room. Lucceta decides to put on a little show for a visitor " she flung herself onto the couch in the cymarecta curve with her arm above her brow." She puts herself into a curved position to make her self look irresistible to any visitor who may happen to step up to her quarters. It turns out that it is Donald Farfrae and of course lucceta knows how to play him like an instrument. At first she stupidly jumps up in fright and hides behind a curtain because she is so pathetic this is already a good example to show how shallow she is, to take time to
Rachel Ray Vs. Paula Dean
Jessica M. Bird Ms. Castro Compare and Contrast Cooking Shows English 101 22 October 2009 Rachel Ray Vs. Paula Deen On television today there are many different cooking shows. There are the contests one as well as the home cooking. The home cooking actually teaches you how to cook a meal and are more enjoyable. Rachel Ray and Paula Deen are the two most popular hosts. In a lot of aspects the shows are very similar, but at the same time they are different. Showing individual how to make different meals/snacks is the point of this show. Yet each has a different target audience. Paula targets families more because she is making meals the entire family can enjoy. Rachel also does this, but she targets the party throwers as well. Not high school, college parties, but adult get togethers. The target audience is pertinent because it will draw different people to your show. The setting of both of these home-cooking shows is a kitchen. However the two kitchens are very different. Rachel's kitchen if full of bright color, looking like an average home in seventies. The walls are made of green tiles and all of the cabinets are a bright orange. She has fruit bowls on the counters that are made of wood. All of the colors are a little distracting. The colors also clash, green and orange do not go well together, and neither does the brown counter tops. Modern kitchens do
Explore Shakespeare’s Presentation of Caliban; a product of nature or nurture?
Aaron Jackson 12ES English coursework Explore Shakespeare's Presentation of Caliban; a product of nature or nurture? In Shakespeare's "The Tempest " the character of Caliban is portrayed in a puzzling and thought-provoking manner. He is a complex character as at times he displays savage like qualities and at others he displays an appreciation for nature and expresses his love for his habitat using poetic devices. Through Caliban Shakespeare explores the themes of nature and nurture. The question raised is, whether Caliban is the product of inheritance and is innately savage or whether his characteristics are a result of his social environment and the cruelty channelled towards him by the islands newer inhabitants. Within this essay I will be exploring the two opinions, the first one being that Caliban was born bad because of his parents also being bad, and the second being whether he appears bad because he does not fit into the mould of a civilised being which was created by his islands new arrivals. The name Caliban is an anagram of "cannibal" which was often spelt with one "n" in William Shakespeare's day, or it may derive from "Cariban" since Shakespeare would have been familiar with stories regarding savage "Carib Indians". Either way the name's origin would immediately provide the audience of the time with the expectation of baseness. Caliban was born as the son of
How far do you agree that Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice is no more than an entertaining study of the surface of polite society and its trivial doings?
How far do you agree that Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice' is 'no more than an entertaining study of the surface of polite society and its trivial doings'? In 'Pride and Prejudice there certainly is a great deal of comedy, and will appeal to many readers for what Claire Tomalin calls 'its good-humoured comedy, its sunny heroine, its dream denouement'. The two main characters appear to be part of what Vivien Jones calls a typical 'rags-to-riches love story', maintaining happiness after a series of vicissitudes, which might incline readers to think it rather superficial. The critic talks about the surface trivia of Austen's society, which seems to comprise only of balls, scarlet coats and Muslin gowns, but she probes beneath the surface of her society, and concerns herself with the real confinement of the lives of women in her period. Jane Austen explores how women were victims of a patriarchal society, by presenting the unfairness of the entail. She presents Mr. Collins as a fool, by bluntly stating through the critical objective narrative that he 'was not a sensible man'. By this we see that it is ridiculous that such an imbecile should be able to turn out the two rational sisters Jane and Elizabeth from their own home, since should they not be married they could be facing the same options as Jane Fairfax in Austen's 'Emma', left to 'the governess trade', with it's