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GCSE: Tom Leonard: from Unrelated Incidents

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    How does Tom Leonard present his Views about Language and Culture?

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    if a toktaboot thi trooth lik wanna yoo scruff yi widny thingk it wuz troo. jist wanna yoo scruff tokn. thirza right way ti spell ana right way to tok it. this is me tokn yir right way a spellin. this is ma trooth. yooz doant no thi trooth yirsellz cawz yi canny talk right. this is the six a clock nyooz. belt up. This is a poem which conveys his anger that working class and Scottish people, because of the way they speak, are undervalued and dismissed as 'second-rate' by society.

    • Word count: 1683
  2. Compare and contrast the presentation of the supernatural in three 19th centaury short stories

    The supernatural is built up by the negative and scary language like noises from no were but afterwards there is always a valid explanation to what has happened like the noises from the closet was the cloak falling down but when the mysterious figure came up to napoleon it doesn't tell you right till the end that he was sleep walking and dreaming some of the negative language she uses also brings out the supernatural like it being cold "he stood there shivering" and it also describes abnormal things happening like "the solid wall of the apartment fell open".

    • Word count: 1207
  3. Compare and contrast `human intersest1 and `Porphyria`s lover`

    This shows he is very controlling because he wants to be dominating in the relationship and take charge of the situation. Furthermore, these words reveal that the murderer is not thinking clearly anymore. He has become so obsessed by control that he has to kill her to feel that he has power. Next we see some similar events that happen to the victims. They are very alike murders in some ways. We see this similarity in `H.I` when the murder says, "I stabbed".

    • Word count: 1560
  4. How does Memento use a flawed, unreliable narrator to create effect? Memento is written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it is based on his brother's short story

    From the start of the film this creates unease within the audience. Throughout the film the viewer is painfully aware that all they know of the past comes from Leonard's tattoos photos and notes, some of which contradict each other and undermine everything which, up to that point the viewer had known to be true, for instance, a tattoo saying don't trust yourself. If Leonard can't trust him self how are we meant to trust him? Using an unreliable narrator is not a new concept.

    • Word count: 1592
  5. Film Analysis: Memento

    Having "damage to the hippocampus, fornix, or mammillary bodies can result in anterograde amnesia, suggesting that they are involved in the process of laying down long-term memories" ("Enpsychlopedia"). The hippocampus is the part of the brain that "mediates incoming new information. It is concerned with facts, data, and events that occur in the present and is involved with temporary memory representation allowing for controlled attention and rehearsal" ("Causes"). This injury to Leonard's hippocampus is what causes him to not be able to form new memories.

    • Word count: 1058
  6. How is the relationship between visuality, the body, and knowledge explored in this film, and to what ends?

    Thus the relationship between visuality, the body, and knowledge can been understood as an exploration to find the truth and of truth, as the responder finds out, truth is ultimately subjective. The visuality of the film creates a sense of uncertainty for both Leonard and the audience. The main narrative in the film is shown backwards in vibrant colour. Not only is the inversion of the narrative progression symbolic of Leonard's preoccupation with the past and his struggles with it, it also serves to place the audience's preconception of reality and therefore truth on the back foot opening our minds to different angles.

    • Word count: 1187
  7. Referring to 'Half-Caste' and Poems You've Read By Tom Leonard, Write About the Humour and the Anger in Their Poems.

    John Agard ridicules the term by showing how the greatest artists mix things - Picasso mixes colours, and Tchaikovsky use the black and white keys in his music, yet to call their art "half-caste" seems absurd. He playfully points out how England's weather is always a mix of light and shadow - leading to a deliberate pun on "half-caste" and "overcast" (clouded over). The joke about one leg is recalled later in the poem, this time by suggesting that the "half-caste" uses only half of ear and eye, and offers half a hand to shake, leading to the unheard of dreaming half a dream and casting half a shadow.

    • Word count: 1436
  8. Mango Tree.

    Her mangoes where like jewels, they were shining brightly in a overflowing old, beaten treasure chest. The treasure inside was so cherished that pirates would sail the seas and would fight over the gems. Leonard Haggard, who was Ma Procop's neighbour, was green with envy. His mango tree was dry, rotten to the core and hadn't produced any fruit for years. Last summer, he had tried to steal fruit from Ma Procop's tree, claiming it was his own. In the middle of the night he climbed the fence, grabbed the fruit and tried to damage the tree.

    • Word count: 1180
  9. How do the poets in 'Half-Caste' and 'Unrelated Incidents' explore prejudices and social attitudes?

    In 'Half-Caste' language and accent is important but it is not as important. This poem is also written in a regional patois but this time it is in the Afro-Caribbean patois. The poem 'Half-Caste' is easier to understand because the language is nearer to Standard English and the English reader will find this poem easier to understand. This may have been Tom Leonard's plan though, he is stressing that Standard English is not the right way to speak and that no one understands it, but no-one understands what he has written so he may be using a paradox to get his messages across.

    • Word count: 1381

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