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  1. Explore Maria Edgeworth's use of the theme of names and titles within Castle Rackrent which may help the reader to understand the theme of social ranking or inequality in Ireland at the time in which the novel was written.

    directed chiefly against Roman Catholics but also against Protestant nonconformists.'1 These undemocratic restrictions denied the catholic majority of the island basic rights such as the right to vote, own land or stand in parliament. The consequence of this was that the Anglo - Irish held an iron grip on the running of the country and many of Ireland's people lived in immense poverty and depravation. The vast majority of people on the Island were suffering serious disenfranchisement in terms of political rights.

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  2. The Ministers Black Veil - review

    Most of the imagery deals directly with the black veil. For example, the quote "Such was its immediate effect on the guests, that a cloud seemed to have rolled duskily from beneath the black crape, and dimmed the lights of the candles." evokes a number of images and pulls the reader further into the story with the gloom emitted by the veil. The image of the cloud is used again in the quote " Thus, from beneath the black veil, rolled a cloud into sunshine, an ambiguity of sin or sorrow, which enveloped the poor minister, so that love or sympathy could never reach him.", but the quote also throws in a level of despair and concern for the minister.

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  3. The Scarlet Letter: Yin and Yang in Literature.

    She will never again be able to live her life in peace, because of the piercing, condescending stare of her neighbors. Whenever she feels sad or insecure, she touches the scarlet mark of blasphemy. Sometimes, people try to keep their secrets inside, so that others don't know of their faults. The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale bounds himself to secrecy with the shrouded knowledge that he is Pearl's actual father, the one in which Pester commits adultery. He, too, bears the demeaning letter, but his is not visible.

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  4. Italo Calvino's use of a suit of armor in "The Non-Existent Knight" to satirize the conventional portrayal of a medieval knight.

    Calvino employs a suit of armor to portray the way in which a knight's honor is exaggerated. A knight's honor is exhibited through the suit of armor that he wears, as it is proof of his rank and value. However, as the suit of armor is used as an exhibition of a person's honor, the flaws of the person actually wearing the armor are largely ignored. Agilulf indicates this by contrasting the armor that knights wear, which is 'proof of rank and name, of feats, of power and worth', with the owners of the armor, who were 'snoring away, faces

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  5. Book Review of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

    One of the great qualities of this story is that it is very realistic, and has a genuine feel. The punishments, the crimes, and the accusations were practical and easy to accept. While Quasimodo is getting punished in Chapter 7, the punishment he endures was an actual punishment in the 1830?s. This story also has authentic characters, like Esmeralda and Phoebus. Phoebus is a player, and leaves Esmeralda, a girl head-over-heels for him, to die. The personality of these characters and their relationship is not impossible, and there are many people like them.

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  6. How is Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" typical of a Victorian novel?

    Women had no choices and most lived in a state a little better than slavery and they had to obey men, because in most cases, men held all the resources and women had no independent means of subsistence. Women were considered the property of her husband and this general idea of male domination can be clearly ascertained throughout the novel. For instance the readers are first introduced to Leonce Pontellier who is observed in the novel as ??looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage?.

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  7. A Passage to India, a novel written by E.M. Forster, has a three-part structure which is significant to the whole work.

    The answer seems to be ?yes? in the first part according to the enjoyable conversation between Mrs. Moore and Dr. Aziz as well as the noticeable relationship between Aziz and Fielding. Another main character, Godbole, represents Hinduism in the novel. At the ending of Fielding?s tea party, Godbole sings a haunting song that affects both Adela and Mrs. Moore; here structure plays an important role as in a sense the song haunts them as HInduism haunts every part of the book. The second part, ?Caves,? is the climax of the novel and it is the hot season while these climatic events happen.

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  8. Heart Of Darkness Creative Writing

    It did not bring an end to my destiny of finally meeting him. It made my heart pump of pain, like a shot of eternal darkness overwhelmed me. The third station that is where my train of thought changed. The fowl, gruesome heads carelessly shoved on poles, smiling. Their strange contentment to be killed. As if they had respect for his decisions. No civilisation. No Mercy. Is Kurtz my hero? The disappointment still struggled to prevent my eagerness from meeting the extraordinary. He is not owned by the Natives; he simply, somehow became one. Why? How? I could never kill for such a selfish need. He did everything right, by doing everything wrong.

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  9. Woman characters in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South".

    She was good in picturing the life of that era, and showing the life of each class in details. Her first novel is Cranford. But what I'm going to write about is North and South. It is one of my favorite novels because of its strength and because of the atmosphere that the novel has developed it throughout the chapters. It was published in 22 chapters. The main sitting in the novel is in the town of Milton Northern; in the North of England. At first, it shows the life in the south of England and how it's simple and how the nature is pure; not destroyed by the industrial-era which was in the north.

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  10. Analysis of Roderick Usher's character in the story "The Fall of the house of Usher"

    and outermost layer of the human ego (our conscious self). Freud states that an individual can only control two-third of their mind that is the remaining one-third ? the ID cannot be controlled nor can one be even aware of its state. ID, which is our 'actual self', the honest complicated inner-being which decides our actions, even the ones we are incapable of explaining is something beyond one?s reach. One does not have any idea of what is going on that part of their mind; all the repressed feelings are also stored in this section.

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  11. Henry James referred to TTOTS as a potboiler. In light of this comment, explore the establishment of a simple ghost story in the prologue and first five chapters.

    Moreover this sets the mood and creates the atmosphere for the audience to fully appreciate the ?horror? of this ghost story. In addition, the idea of them telling ghost stories gives us an immediate impression that there is a ghost story awaiting the audience. The use of more dramatic language such as ?for sheer terror?? and ?for dreadful ? dreadfulness? start the steep incline of suspense and tension we will feel throughout the story. The idea of authenticity throughout this novella is key for the audience to focus on.

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  12. In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the main character Edna Pontellier must deal with the ultimate internal struggle- the never ending conflict between passion and responsibility.

    Her family is spending the summer at the Grand Isle, where she starts a playful friendship with one of the caretakers, Robert Lebrun. It is with Robert?s help the Edna begins her ?awakening? and her realization that the life she has established for herself is no longer bearable. Once Robert leaves for Mexico Edna is able to fully understand her love for him and, even more importantly, her desire to be loved by him, that the conflict between passion and responsibility swings into full gear.

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  13. Mrs Miller in Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour.

    The delicious breath or rain was in the air.? It is clear to the reader that Mrs. Mallard has a distinctly sanguine way about mourning her husband. The entirety of the story is sprinkled with symbols of new life and a grand hopefulness. Chopin?s word choice is careful and precise in depicting an optimistic scene. There is hardly room for a reader to argue that Mrs.

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  14. When Im bad, I am bad In the light of this comment, discuss the presentation of both Miles and Flora in The Turn of the Screw.

    But mainly it has religious connotations, it conveys a very strong image of Miles being this perfect little child, and sets him up as an innocent character throughout the entire novella. Also the governess is ?carried away? by Miles as well as the Master; this suggests that the governess is always in awe of strangers making her seem very vulnerable. Miles is constantly referred to as ?little? by the governess throughout the novella. She calls him a ?little fairy prince? which shows how highly she speaks of Miles, this suggests how little he is in physical appearance but mainly the

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  15. Moll Flanders: From Innocence to Maturity

    It was tradition that she should now find a job as a servant, like many other orphan children. However, this is when we see the first piece of Moll?s intelligence when she pleads that she could be a ?gentlewoman? with whatever little education and work skill she has achieved so far. Soon, she becomes a celebrity and was assisted by many women and finally was taken by one of the prominent families where she grows like the other daughters of the family. So, if we look thoroughly up to this phase of Moll?s life, we see the ingenuity of her character which she keeps growing over time through the rest of the novel.

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  16. How the writer creates a sense of mystery in 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

    But there is something else about that paper ? the smell! ... The only thing I can think of that it is like isn?t the color of the paper! A yellow smell." ?Writers often try to achieve a sense of mystery in their work? including Charlotte Perkins Gilman in ?The Yellow Wallpaper?. I will be exploring how the writer tried to achieve this sense of mystery in her novel ?The Yellow Wallpaper The narrative is structured as a series of journal entries.

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  17. Explore the ways in which Poe shows the presence of violence in Murders of the Rue Morgue

    The descriptions used for the crime scene are also designed to be graphic in its description to help create an image of violence within the story: "tress...pulled out by the roots" tress is an older term for a chunk or lock of hair, but when it is described as pulled out by the roots, the use of very physical and graphic text to describe it helps again to depict a very aggressive attack in the readers mind.

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  18. How Edgar Allan Poe creates horror in 'The Pit and the Pendulum'

    Or this could suggest that he is coming to accept the fact that this place is going to be his tomb as there is no escape in sight. The narrator describes how he dares ?not to employ my vision?. This shows us that he is afraid to open his eyes as he is afraid that he will either see some terrible sights before him. Or that he will open his eyes and there will be nothing and he will be dead.

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  19. How does Edith Wharton present New York society in the first chapter of the age of Innocence?

    The ?conservative? cherish the fact that the opera house is too small to accommodate a large variety of people. As this keeps out the ?new people?, the noveau riche class. Moreover, the upper class enjoyed going to the opera for socialising, however they were more than enthusiastic about leaving. ?Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly then they want to get to it.? This illustrates the superficial nature of society. The wealthy go to the opera to be socially accepted but they?d prefer to be in the comforts of their own house away from the strict etiquette.

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