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  1. The love of money is the root of all evil. Discuss in detail the importance of money in "The Wide Sargasso Sea".

    The affluence of the creole Annette represents the unfulfilled equality when colonialism was abandoned and the Emancipation Act was passed, thus creating resentment. Thus, the change in Annette?s tone connotes the fact that money can be a source of conflict and resentment between the ex-colonial class and the less well-off blacks, ominously foreboding of the culmination of the blacks? wrath in their act of setting fire to Coulibri. Emotions aside, the reliance on another person for money leads to the eventual collapse of relationships between people.

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  2. In the opening section explain why Sexing the Cherry may be considered as a post-modern text?

    in that it makes a clear distinction between sex and gender. Jordan is biologically male but also possesses female qualities so it is suggesting that gender is a socially constructed idea which people are made to follow and believe without question. This makes it post-modern is because it is set in the Victorian era, when woman were supposed to act like a lady and a man were supposed to act like a gentleman, but here it shows that just because you have a penis does it actually mean that you are a man and vice versa for women.

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  3. How does Faulks tell the story on pages 63-78 in Birdsong?

    Faulks tells the story through a 3rd person narrative instead of 1st as it lets the reader get a glimpse of each of the characters? opinions and feelings towards each other or the current situation. It also helps us get an idea of the characters and how different they are on the inside from how they appear on the outside. For example, Isabelle comes across as being very cautious, proper and reserved, but inside she is full of passion and roaring emotion.

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  4. Chateau Bougainvillaea is a compelling short story written by H.E. Bates.

    Whilst holidaying in France, the couple assumed that they be strengthening their relationship through the celebration of their engagement. However, the realisation of Arthur?s predictability created a growing sense of discontentment within Louise and instead of strengthen the couple?s relationship the holiday actually weakened it. Louise had just recently resigned from her job as a teacher because she hoped this would provide her self-satisfaction however it actually provided her with doubt. The doubt was raised because Louise realises that Arthur?s predictability cannot provide her with satisfaction but it would provide Louise with everything she hated about being in a classroom, Arthur would imprison her .The holiday in Northern France weakened Louise?s perspective of marriage with Arthur and a period

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  5. How is are the themes of guilt and redemption explored in The Kite Runner?

    From this point onwards, although Amir's redemption process is apparent throughout the novel, it is definitely more significant in some chapters, for example where he goes back to Kabul to rescue Sohrab. On pages 198- 199, we are shown the difficulty of this desicison, as Amir says 'I wished Rahim Khan hadn't called me. I wished he had let me live on in my oblivion. But he had called me.' The simple sentences portray Amir's troubled thoughts about going back to the city he grew up in, and the repetition of the verb 'wished' shows his regret about Rahim Khan telling him about Hassan's death.

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  6. Spies. Describe the means Frayn uses to tell Stephen's story

    Therefore his stream of consciousness is often presented instead of Frayn using meticulous prose ?No wait. I?ve got that wrong?. The use of this conceit, in which Frayn is purposely giving the narrator a hesitant voice, partnered with the use of a two word monosyllabic sentence to reinforce the idea that the narrator is struggling to recall details of the past, as he is now senile. This helps the reader relate to Stephens character as memory loss happens to everyone with time, evoking a sense of empathy.

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  7. How does Du Maurier create a successful opening to her novel Rebecca?

    A sense of loss and mystery grows, heightened by the narrator only giving us vague details concerning their house. A feeling of loss seems to hang infused over the beginning of the novel, with the narrator found in exile of Manderley ? a place of beauty lying in ruins. Very strong imagery is created which paints a vivid picture in my mind of familiar things such as trees, described as ?white, naked limbs.? This suggests that the trees are bare and devoid of life, reminiscent of its surroundings. As each paragraph progresses, an extended description of all the narrator can see continues too ? resulting in this feeling that something terrible is going to happen to the narrator due to the constant negative imagery.

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  8. Analysis of Act 1 of 'Vernon God Little'

    This often creates a bitter explosion of anger and frustration within his mind, resulting in the idiolect of Vernon full of obscenities and derisive criticisms of others. ?Like a fucken hemorrhage? is a prime example of Vernon?s tainted humour and the frustration in his interior voice. It also shows the colloquial tone Vernon inhabits due to the slangy and informal idiolect he has. As a reader we dislike everybody who Vernon dislikes because he?s the character we?re closest too, and by reading through his perspective we are in a sense manipulated by him.

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  9. Analyse the relationship between Lally and Doris in chapters 8-10 of 'Vernon God Little'

    Lally is particularly derogatory and sly towards Vernon, ?I can?t tell you what you?ve put your mother through?. This explicably shows how Lally is presenting the whole matter as rational; because he attempts to belittle Vernon and make him feel guilty for all that he?s done, in turn trying to make Vernon content with his mother?s relationship. Behind Doris?s back, Lally is a dishonest cheat, who fears Vernon has got him figured out, and so launches a personal attack on him.

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  10. Analyse the ending of " Vernon God Little". Explore why Pierre leaves the ending ambiguous and the effect this has on the reader.

    Vernon?s ?vision dissolves? which creates imagery of Vernon slowly slipping away, the world ?dissolves? suggesting that Vernon?s senses are fading. However, Vernon finds himself ?still alive? which signifies his struggle and determination to stay alive and fight his cause. After this, the resulting chapters subject the reader to a course of dramatic visualisation which explores Vernon?s outer body experience, suggesting he did die. A stream of consciousness makes the scene more visual to the reader because Vernon?s interior monologue is written as fast as it comes.

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  11. A Passage to India. Compare Fieldings reaction to Azizs arrest to the reactions of the other Englishmen.

    He is not willing to toe the line and side with the English in their attempt to destroy the reputation of a man he knows is innocent. According to McBryde in Chapter 18, ?The man who doesn?t toe the line is lost? and ?He not only loses himself, he weakens his friends.? In the chapters immediately following Aziz?s arrest, the narrator gives magnitude to Fielding?s point of view. He believes that Aziz is ?incapable of infamy?. Therefore, the accusation is ?Absolutely impossible, grotesque.? When Aziz is arrested, he believes it is due to a misunderstanding and when the charges on

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  12. Flannery OConnors A Good Man is Hard to Find is a story about a seemingly senile old woman-known only as The Grandmother-

    This indicates the grandmother?s unrelenting determination to get what she wants. It is noteworthy that not once in the story?s entirety does grandmother ask for anything directly. She begins her campaign against Florida by appealing to Bailey as the protector of his family: ?Now look here, Bailey,? [the grandmother] said, ?see here, read this,? and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. ?Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people.

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  13. Little Things by Raymond Carver is a story about a couple facing problems in their marital life

    It seems as if Carver had a close look at couples and families facing problems in their marriages. I am of the view that the general theme for this story was gothic fiction but it attempts to raise social issues within the families and their lives.The argument between the couple grows intense when the woman cries "Son of a bitch!? With these words crammed together in the story, one can conclude that the writer is comfortable in describing the intensity of such a gothic situation in harsh words.

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