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AS and A Level: Fyodor Dostoevsky

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  1. The Black Cat

    I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partiality for domestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeable kind. We had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat. This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. In speaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.

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  2. How is the LuLing that springs to life in her manuscript different from the figure Ruth grapples with on a regular basis?

    This was just to point out the fact the LuLing was also adventurous and ready to try new things. Most of the images that we obtain from the manuscripts are quite different to the LuLing that we were first introduced. It just goes to show how much age can change a person and how people can forget who they really were. She treats Ruth with great strictness forgetting that she herself was not a perfect angel when she was little. She probably sees a lot of herself in Ruth and she wants to protect her from herself. She does not want her daughter to suffer as much as she has.

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  3. Crime and Punishment - Writer's Notebook

    Razumikhin says, "He's raving! Or he wouldn't dare! Tomorrow he'll have this foolishness out of his system..." when Raskolnikov talks about the murder (Dostoyevsky 190). This reveals that Raskolnikov is not truly sick; however, he pretends to be sick to fool his peers, yet, the mentioning of murder reveals his true being. 2. In Crime and Punishment, the inner conflict introduces itself when Raskolnikov murders a pawnbroker and her sister, Lizaveta. Raskolnikov, who rationalized since the world disliked the pawnbroker her death would be a blessing, makes several errors in killing the woman.

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  4. As the number zero was the start of mathematics and the vacuum the foundation of physics.

    After all silence is an arbitrary name for the absence of sound. Each piece of writing can be considered a composition as well; a composition in words and these are in essence silent. This void is filled as soon as the reader starts interacting with the author's words and his imagination attributes numerous voices and sounds to the essential silent text. This is the intention of reading and only natural since Mother Nature hates emptiness - horror vacui - and fills it promptly. In music, as shown with the help of John Cage, one may well justify the use of markedly contradictory words, like the oxymoronic title of this paper.

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  5. How does the writer of the play 'A Kind of Alaska' show the struggle in Deborah's awakening?

    Mood and atmosphere is being set as the tension builds up. The doctor, Hornby, tries to provoke her into saying something. "Do you know me?" Silence "Do you recognise me?" Silence "Can you hear me?" She does not look at him Deborah does not respond to him immediately, even when she is addressed directly. She acts as if she can hear him, but cannot answer him back, for that is how she would act if she were still in her illness. She does not see the point in answering him because the whole situation would probably seem as a dream to her.

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