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  1. 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.

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  2. Analyze how The Yellow Wallpaper can be interpreted as a feminist story.

    and a specific words choice. "The Yellow Wallpaper" contains description of a society and family model of the time. A woman does not act upon her own intentions for her husband makes all decisions in her name. She patiently fallows his instructions and recommendations, so she makes a dutiful and obedient wife. Even her nervous disorder is ignored and treated as a "slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 399). The woman complains hopelessly "You see, he does not believe I am sick! And what can one do?" (399), as if she does not have any power of authority to do what she believes is best for her.

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  3. Define the terms symbol and imagery, and analyze how each of the stories uses symbols to add depth to the quality of the story.

    Symbols in "A Rose for Emily" have a deep and underlying insight to the story. Faulkner uses them to represent the intangible qualities of Miss Emily Grierson, such as her physical and emotional deterioration. The Grierson house description compliments effectively the image of Miss Emily itself. In its prime, the house appears as "white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scroll balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies" (Faulkner 74). It can be assumed that it is build not only for function, but also to show off and to impress the other townspeople.

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  4. Flamineo in the prominent revenge tragedy John Webster play, The White Devil.

    As Webster was a great admirer of Shakespeare it is like Flamineo is based on the character of Iago and there striking similarities between the two, it would be difficult to distinguish between the two. Flamineo is a Machiavellian character, and his Machiavellian, deceitful manner makes him that much more sinister as unlike traditional evil characters who everyone is aware of, people trust Flamineo, and the trusting in Flamineo is something which Camillo pays the price for. Flamineo, like Iago, is degrading to women, even his own sister.

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  5. Sherriff wrote Journey(TM)s End to show the destruction of war. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

    As the play progresses Sherriff shows the deterioration of the mental state of one the main characters, Stanhope who is a well respected and high status soldier. He entered the war young and full of hope but clearly not knowing the reality he will have to face, when we are first introduced to Stanhope he comes across as a corrupted drinker yet also as being praised for his bravery. The following quote suggests this; "When a boy like Stanhope gets a reputation out here for drinking, he turns into a kind of freak show exhibit.

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  6. Kantorek(TM)s Extract From All Quiet On The Western Front

    marched under his leadership down to the local recruiting office and enlisted" showing how he abused his power in a way and used his authority to cloud the minds of the young men. Yet it appears the soldiers realise Kantoreks cunning ways into pushing them into enlisting " Schoolmasters always seem to keep their sentiments handy in their waistcoat pockets; after all, they have to trot them out in lesson after lesson" this emphasizes the ways in which young men were almost preyed on by authority, their vulnerability and innocence exploited in order to rally men for the war effort.

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  7. 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.

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  8. A Literary Analysis of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

    The duchess' standard of living encompasses neither, but rather "turns [them] inside-out" (Auerbach 2). Carroll ridiculed the perfection for which his fellow Victorians strove, and created this symbolic scene with a message: embrace the imperfections of life. Alice's second encounter with reversed characters of Victorian society is the King and Queen of Hearts, who switch roles in Wonderland. The King is meek and submissive, while the Queen is domineering, bloodthirsty, and ruthless. These two characters mock the royal families of England, in that the kings, including Henry VIII and Richard the Lionhearted, were the rulers of their empires, and their wives were docile and weak.

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  9. 'It is possible to defend the idea that Satan is the true hero of Paradise Lost'. How far do you agree with this view in relation to Books IX and X?

    As a result, it could be suggested that although he may have been heroic to begin with, he becomes less 'glorious' as events unfold. Satan's essential nature is described in his soliloquy; it comprises of destruction, in contrast to God's creation ('For only in destroying I find ease'). Satan gives the impression that he would have liked Earth (so 'productive'), but cannot, therefore feels a sense of envy and loss; in this respect, it is as though he is constrained by the limitations of Milton's fiction ['we see how much more interesting, as a character, Satan is than God' - Philip Pullman].

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  10. 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.

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  11. Free essay

    Select a Specific Incident in The Aspern Papers that you believe to be a particular significance to the overall book and review its importance. The Aspern Papers is a novella written by Henry James.

    Jeffrey Aspern wrote these papers to express his love and devotion to his fellow lover, Miss Bordereau. The papers were personal to both lovers and they kept the great emotion between them, the narrator would have just published these personal documents on account of them being very good pieces of literature not putting into consideration the history and emotional connection between two people just to satisfy his greed. This is exactly what James set out to portray the conflicts involved when biographers (the unnamed narrator) seek to pry into the intimate lives of poets. The scene that I have specifically chosen to focus on is in chapter 8 from the middle of page 123 to the end of the chapter.

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  12. How did the wife keep her husbands ' hooly in my hand'

    This shows that the wife can control her husbands by withdrawing things they enjoy like s*x therefore getting her way with them. Another way the wife managed to get her own way with her husbands was by nagging until they gave into her, at one point in the wife's tail, she talks about the way her husband acts with her and how he should be acting. From line 318 she says "thou sholdest seye, 'wyf, go wher thee liste; taak youre disport, I wol nat leve no talis.

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  13. In what ways does Gaskell negotiate the relationship between classes and individuals in the opening chapters of the novel?

    This shows the nature of Margaret's character early on and how she shall in time progress further and negotiate between classes in greater depth. This continues immediately with her new life in Milton, upon where she sees a mill worker "savagely beaten for little conceivable reason." This highlights Gaskell's aim in using Elizabeth to create a degree of sympathy for the demonised "militant working-classes" of the industrial era. This can be seen to an even greater extent with the relationship struck up by Margaret with Higgins' and her resultant friendship with Bessy.

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  14. 'In "The Turn of the Screw" the supernatural is the manifestation of chaos and disruption.' Discuss.

    to Bly makes herself, for the first time in her life, an object of sexuality, whilst also experiencing levels of freedom and social status which she had never before enjoyed. The circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Governess' predecessor, Miss Jessel, and her lover, Peter Quint, are immediately suspicious and are linked to behaviour that crossed certain moral boundaries. Jessel went for a "short holiday" according to Mrs Grose, from which she never returned, an explanation which arouses our suspicion that Jessel died in childbirth.

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  15. nathanonial hawthorne

    While on his rendezvous with the devil, Young Goodman Brown was tempted many times, the struggle between good and evil was always present. Brown expressed his desire to turn back; he did not want to be the first to take this path and dishonor the family name. Brown listens as the devil tells him he has been well acquainted with both his father and grandfather for years. The devil further states incidents where he has helped them both. This is the first Young Goodman Brown had heard of their acquaintance with the devil.

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  16. 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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  17. 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.

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  18. Essay - The Imp of the Perverse

    He argues that the human instinct of 'perverseness' is not derived from any divine being ("Primum Mobila"), rather that it is almost a primitive "self-defense" mechanism; part of a dark 'flipside' of human progress; a recurring theme in Poe's stories (e.g. "the Black Cat"). This idea of perversity is demonstrated in the beginning of the story, and the character's actions described towards the end of it. The character exemplifies his perversity through his argument, and directly tells the reader that the manner of the beginning of the tale was an example of this.

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  19. Boccaccio's Decameron

    After establishing that his story is taking place in a time unlike any other, Boccaccio proceeds to distance himself from his sordid tales by making it as divorced from reality as possible, to reduce their impact upon the reader. Having portrayed the dystopia that was Florence at the time, he proceeds to magically create a utopia for his chosen band of men and women, a garden villa replete with servants, beautiful meadows, and excellent mind. The contrast could hardly have been greater.

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  20. The Romantic Hero in Goethe's Faust

    The cold rationale of the Enlightenment was no longer adequate to explain the significance of life in a society where everything had so recently been turned upside down. Romanticism was the expression of this society's craving for answers and fulfillment. Everywhere, people embraced life passionately and lived as if on a never-ending quest for more. The Romantic hero embodies this ideal. Faust, obsessed with the necessity of action, follows a doomed path where his thirst for power eventually signals his demise.

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  21. Is the story "Daughters of the late Colonel" more comic than tragic for the reader overall? Be sure to comment on Mansfield's use of language.

    A casual reader might never discover this area of the story. It is as if Mansfield employs comic moments as a mask to cover the tragedy of the play. On one occasion Constantia is worrying about an imaginary mouse: "A spasm of pity squeezed her heart. Poor little thing! She wished she'd left a tiny piece of biscuit on the dressing table. It was awful to think of it not finding anything. What would it do?" The way Constantia exerts herself is simply pathetic. The reader is amused at her antics to attempt to bring the mouse some food.

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  22. Hound of the Baskervilles (Essay)

    Stories, serialized in magazines such as 'The Hound of The Baskervilles' were very popular in Victorian times, the Victorians obviously enjoyed the novel as it increased the effect of terror and mostly suspense such as cliff hangers at the end of chapters. The novel was so popular that the creators and publishers sold out every issue and had to keep up with the demand so they made more copies. The other reason for why this particular book was so popular is because the Victorians invented 'gothic' fiction which suggests that if they invented it they must enjoy reading it.

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  23. A Critical Analysis of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    It becomes apparent that her mind was alluding to this point by the way she speaks about her husband, "John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that." The structure of this sentence highlights the male laughing and the woman acquiescing, showed by the short sentence and the full stop - silencing any of her thoughts and opinions. An example of the dominant submissive relationship between them. He treats her as if she was a child and he was the controlling, domineering, yet loving parent.

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  24. The £1,000,000 Bank Note by Mark Twain - summary

    Brother B disagreed and they had a �20,000 bet on it. Since this book was written in 1893 I am assuming that �1,000,000 is an extreamly large amount of money. This part of the book is when the story is set, and the reader is informed of the storyline while the main charicter is not. The book begins with a humours start which make you think what is going to happen next. You feel a little hatred towards the two brothers because they seem to be arogent and don't really care much for the man but see him as a simple tool of which they can get amusment from.

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  25. To what extent do Sergius and 'The Man' conform to Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero'?

    On the other hand, 'The Man' contrasts Sergius. He has 'short crisp bronze curls', 'clear quick eyes', 'good brows and mouth', 'prosaic nose', 'middle stature' and 'strong neck and shoulders'. Furthermore, unlike Sergius, 'The Man' has an 'undistinguished appearance' due to his 'deplorable plight'. He is 'bespattered with mud and blood and snow' and his blue tunic is torn. Therefore, 'The Man', in appearance, doesn't conform Raina's notion of a 'romantic hero' due to the conditions he is presented to her during the first part of the play.

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