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  1. What was the significance of the Amritsar Massacre for British Relations in India?

    The relations between congress and the Muslim league were breaking down to an extent where it made it very difficult for the Mountbatten to give India the partition meaning that this would be catastrophic as the British would have to deal with both Muslim league and congress to get them to come to an agreement, but also, they would have to try and do this in the short time given as the partition had to be given in its due date which was very short.

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  2. poetry vultures


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  3. Compare 'Vultures' by Chinua Achebe and 'What were they like?' by Denise Levertov

    In this essay I am going to compare the poems 'Vultures' and 'What were they like'. I am going to show how people are presented in those two poems. The people in both poems are innocent and they were victims of war. The poem 'What were they like' is presented as an interview the questioner is curious. The questions are asked too quickly and impatiently. The questioner is na�ve, knowing less than he should about the way the war has ruined Vietnam. In the first section, the questioner asks six questions about the culture, character and art of the Vietnamese people.

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  4. Vultures and Two Scavengers

    This is not the case in 'two scavengers', the poet shows the garbage men higher than, 'the two beautiful people in a Mercedes'. This is a use of irony because the poet has written one thing when he wants to convey the opposite idea. In 'Vultures', the birds are seen to be higher than the body. '...a vulture perching high on broken bone of a dead tree', this is an example of a metaphor. 'Vultures' and 'two scavengers' present the people that feature in the poems, in very different ways.

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  5. Poetry Assessment

    At first, he seems contented to walk through a familiar area and revisit the place where he had lived. However, this mood changes abruptly when he comes across a 'Whites Only' inn which makes him feel very angry and even violent. The rhythm of this poem is very slow and thoughtful and the stanzas act like paragraphs. This works well because it creates a sense of him crushing his growing anger and hostility as he remembers his childhood. There are however some striking short lines for effect, these represent a growing struggle inside him to keep his fury under control.

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  6. How does Achebe's style of writing convey Ibo culture and tradition in chapter five of "Things Fall Apart"?

    A particular superstition to note in this scene, is when Okonkwo's first wife calls out to Ekwefi. She answers with a question "Is that me?" Ritual had it that no one replied straightaway to his or her name, since it could be an evil spirit calling. This is another reminder that the Ibo culture is a very superstitious and spiritual one. Achebe is a very gifted, descriptive writer who makes good use of metaphors and similes, for example, "It was like the pulsation of it's heart".

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  7. Examine Achebe's narrative techniques in the novel "Things Fall Apart" - how far do you find it an attractive feature of the book?

    Achebe desires to make his novel sound 'African' and achieves this in a number of different ways. This allows us insight into the Ibo world and helps us to relate to the novel more. The simple sentences and their basic structure help the book sound like the tone of voice of that of an Ibo man himself. The words are also simplistic and he has made little effort to make them sound abstract and complicated, therefore, further enhancing the realism of the novel.

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  8. Comparing and Contrasting The poems 'Vultures' by Chinua Achebe and 'What were they like?' by Denise Levertov.

    The theme of the poem is to show a contrast between good and evil. The poet uses metaphoric images of vultures to describe how a person or creature can be horrible and disgusting and do evil, horrific things but somewhere deep down inside there is a tiny speck of goodness and love. 'Thus the commandant at Belsen Camp going home for the day with fumes of human roast clinging rebelliously to his hairy nostrils will stop at the wayside sweet-shop and pick up a chocolate for his tender offspring'. This stanza is clearly contrasts good and evil.

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  9. 'Dead Man's Path' by Chinua Achebe - A story about the clash of two sets of values.

    Her little personal misfortune could blind her to her husband's happy prospects." Michael is a very passionate person with many ideas that could help transform the school. He believes in the modernisation and transformation of old beliefs. He seems to have been 'infected' by European customs. The word 'infected' is used, as it may have been thought of a bad thing then, in African culture, to believe in modern methods: "In their two years of married life she had become completely infected by his passion for 'modern methods'." Michael had two aims for the school: A high standard of education for the children, and for the school compound to be turned into a place of beauty.

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  10. Refugee mother and her child by Chinua Achebe - Explain what the poem is about and how the poet conveys the emotions he feels.

    The softness continued until the beginning of line 5 where Achebe used hard-sounding words such as 'diarrhoea' and 'blown'. The fact that the child will die is hinted repeatedly. From line 7 to line 14 of the second stanza, he seemed to be admiring the mother's love for her child in even those circumstances. At the end, his tone was sad and regretful. In the last three lines: "...like putting flowers on a tiny grave." There was alliteration in line 5 of the second stanza: "behind blown empty bellies" The poet used the work "ghost" as a metaphor in lines 8 and 9 of the second stanza.

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  11. Explain how 'What Were They Like' and 'Vultures' make the reader - Think carefully about the nature of evil

    The vultures show love to one another but they are also evil as the poet describes how they devour the human corpse. The Commandant at Belsen shows love for his son but again, he also shows devout evil by exterminating millions of other people's children at the camp. In 'What Were They Like' evil is shown in a different light, evil is shown in the sense that all of the goodness has been taken away and now there is nothing left.

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  12. Both “On my first Sonne” and “refugee mother and child” deal with the death of a child. Compare and contrast the 2 poems, exploring their themes and ideas, the poet’s use of language and your own reaction to them.

    To have so soone scap'd worlds, and fleshes rage, And, if no other miserie, yet age? Rest in soft peace, and, ask'd, say here both lye BEN JONSON his best piece of poetrie. For whose sake, hence - forth, all his vowes be such. As what he loves may never like too much. Ben Jonson Refugee Mother and Child No Madonna and Child could touch that picture of a mother's tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget. The air was heavy with odours of diarrhoea of unwashed children with washed-out ribs and dried-up bottoms struggling in laboured steps behind blown empty bellies.

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  13. The poem "Refugee Mother and Child" by Chinua Achebe deals with the sadness of death.

    odors smells ceased stopped ghost smile : shows how fake is the smile because of her sadness hair left on his skull :shows how sick the boy is 7 The symbol for death singing her eyes: the mother is trying to avoid sadness while she watches her son dying remembering the happy memories she spent with her son Chinua Achebe?s Mother in a Refugee Camp, paints the pathetic picture of a mother holding her dying son in her hands for the last time, portraying both the inevitability of death and the pain of those whose loved ones have died yet they live on in a harsh light.

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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?
  • Compare and contrast the poems "Vultures" and "Night of the Scorpion", analysing how they communicate a sense of their cultural background.

    "Conclusion I prefer 'vultures' as I like the way in which evil is contained in good. This is shown in the phrase "in the very germ of that kindred love is lodged the perpetuity of evil". The evil is described in phrases such as "picked the eyes of a swollen corpse", "ate the things in its bowel" and "fumes of human roast". The good however is conjured up by "inclined affectionately" and "tender offspring. I feel it is more of a poem compared to Night of the Scorpion because Scorpion is a very much narrative style of writing. It is too narrative for my liking."

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