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  1. The ending of The Yellow Wallpaper. Breakdown or Breakthrough

    I never saw such a garden'. Here Charlotte Perkins Gilman presents the narrator as exceptionally melodramatic by her use of superlatives and seemingly unnecessary speculation of inanimate objects, probably to show her mental instability and the breakdown she is going through that causes her to obsess like this. At first she describes the wallpaper as 'committing every artistic sin', the colour being 'repellent' and 'sickly sulphur', her first impressions of it as it becomes apparent to her, that it is repulsive and not conforming to ordinary conventions of what 'art' is.

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  2. In the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, we see investigations into abnormal psychological states and obsessive behaviour. By comparing The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado explain to what extent you think this is true.

    The question only serves to confirm in our minds that he is insane. In TCoA , the narrator, Montreso, the hyperbole: "the thousand injuries" and his intent on vengeance merely because of an insult suggests megalomania. Both stories employ a disjointed narrative style that allows Poe to reveal the abnormal psychological state of his protagonists. In 'The Cask of Amontillado' , the dashes as in ""I hesitated -I trembled" and "I re-echoled-I aided_I surpassed" indicate that Montresor is not thinking coherently.

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  3. How does Auden portray his grief and loss in Funeral Blues?

    This poem has a more modern attitude to death as in Victorian times people would often die young as a result of disease. In Victorian times death was expected. This is different compared to modern times as now death is associated with old age and not sudden unexpected death. Now in modern times if a person dies young it is a great shock. I can empathise with the poet as the death of his lover was sudden so must have been a shock to him.

    • Word count: 2241
  4. Attitudes to Marriage and Women in Chopin and Gilman

    It is as though her husband's death implies life and a new beginning for Mrs. Mallard. This realisation then grows into a "monstrous joy", so that "she was striving to beat it back with her will". She is so excited about this that "she said it over and over under her breath: 'free, free, free!' " and "her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body". All these emphasise how strong Mrs. Mallad's emotions and craving for freedom are.

    • Word count: 2447
  5. Compare and contrast Shakespeare and Defoe's presentations of the characters of Robinson Crusoe and Prospero as omnipotent rulers in their respective societies in their works 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'The Tempest'

    Firstly, due to Xury's foreign descent, Crusoe, an English man, considers himself instantly to be the master. Secondly, Crusoe's maturity granted him ownership of the boy despite the fact that they were both slaves. Lastly, Crusoe believed the boy to owe him a life-debt due to Crusoe's planning and initiation of their escape. Crusoe goes as far to consider that Xury may not be deserving of such slavery, calling him a "better counselor" than himself. Further more, Xury notifies Crusoe of, "a lance", among the people they spot on their travels. Even though this observation may have prevented a life-threatening situation, Crusoe is proudly omnipotent as never in thought, word or deed gives thanks to Xury; though he recognizes the good advice, and keeps a safe distance.

    • Word count: 2940
  6. The theme of the Gothic in Rebecca

    (Clive Bloom, Introduction to Gothic Horror: A Reader's guide from Poe to King and Beyond.) Blooms analysis of gothic genre states that critics had a tendency to view gothic literature, such as a Rebecca which a nonsensical view point. Janice Radway explains all modern gothic novels follow a certain narrative form whereby there is a heroine, a hero, male and female foils, and an evil force. Typically the novel opens with the heroine being identified, however Rebecca has two heroines.

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  7. What could be termed "Gothic" about the stories of Edgar Allan Poe?

    His anger is unnecessarily violent which is also gothic. His anger results in him gouging out the cat's eyes with a pen knife. He says, "I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity." I blush, I burn is alliteration and emphasises how guilty he is feeling. What is more alarming is when he says, "And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS." Perverseness means doing something when you know its wring because it's wrong. This means he's really violent, if he likes doing wrong things all the time, possibly basing his whole life around this.

    • Word count: 2500

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?

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