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  1. Sugar magazine letter. Dear Editor, Just by taking a little glimpse at the magazine front cover was more than enough to tell me how vulgar the content would be. Nevertheless, I wish to make you aware and also knowledgeable about the serious and unfortu

    By merely looking at the front cover of a magazine, a potential reader will be able to determine how far it will fulfil their needs. Now, As you may not know, my daughter is 12 years old turning 13, and I am extremely oblivious as to why a child that age would be mentally attracted to what your magazine has to offer!!! Your main masthead is half covered by the image. This is trying to unhook the reader from the title and hook them onto the woman that is covering it, which is trying to say that the woman is more important the actual title.

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  2. Compare How Issues Of Racial Division Are Explored In Country Lovers And In The Gold Cadillac.

    We can see already a separation between the two lovers in the fact that his father owns the land where the castor-oil grows while her father works on that land (the same type of image is used further along in the story). Further along, the narrator recounts Paulus' adventures with white girls. We can see Paulus tries to give the impression that he is interested in white girls because he knows the white community would strongly disapprove of his relation with Thebedi.

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  3. Red Bull

    These puritans supposed that it was vital for them to supress natural human existing requirements and independence was condemned in that epoch. To rife hysteria with in the community, paranormal powers were used to keep people intact accordingly. However, the people in Salem tolerated their terror from witches and devils to impede with their rational thinking. The people in this time, their minds were deluded from the devils- therefore to keep themselves distant, they had no form of entertainment and were very practising religious individuals.

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  4. Essays on the importance of fashion, and on violence in video games.

    Fashion and identity The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it; therefore it becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term - personal identity. Lately a lot is being heard about personal identity and its meaning in the life of every single person on the planet. The choice of clothing and accessories (clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of a person's main clothing) is as important as identification through the color of hair, height, skin and gender.

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  5. Compare and contrast two charity advertisements. How does each advertisement aim to persuade the public to support the charity?

    He says "I can assure you.... that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me". It implies that he is very certain that there is no such thing as ghosts. The word "assure" indicates how convinced he is about the non-existence of spirits/ghost. It shows the kind of personality he has, sticking his words, never changing his mind and very stubborn. He also said to prove that ghost exist, he needs to see a "tangible" one to frighten him. "Tangible" evokes he is very obstinate in believing in ghost. It also suggests that he would never believe in ghost as ghosts are not solid (that is impossible).

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  6. How does Romeo character change during the pLAY Romeo and Juliet?

    Romeo is in love with the idea of being in love. His actions and relations are under great scrutiny from the tension and suspense of the feuding Montague's and Capulet's, as his love and affection for Juliet develops so does his impetuous character At the beginning of the play, the audience sees Romeo as a troubled and dismal lad. This makes us think to what had caused the sadness in Romeo. His depressing, miserable language "Ay me! Sad hours seen long, Was that my Father that went hence so fast?" shows that Romeo is so dejected and lifeless, he finds time as an enemy as it runs so slow.

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  7. Beggar Woman

    looking for a woman to have sex with. He found a woman who was a beggar. He asked her if she wanted to have sex in the woods, and, to his delight, she says yes. She leads him into the woods and starts to make excuses why she can't have sex with him whilst the gentleman comes up with solutions to the problems. Finally she has a baby on her back and the gentleman says to put him on the floor. At the end the gentleman ends up tying the baby to his back and is left by the woman.

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  8. IS ROMEO A BOY OR A MAN?

    Shakespeare uses oxymoron's to show Romeo's disturbed emotional state, "...O brawling love, O loving hate..." oxymorons were very popular in love poetry of Shakespeare's time therefore contemporaries would recognise this and understand what Shakespeare meant. In the play Shakespeare is very poetic in order to portray Romeo's character. When Romeo describes his love for Rosaline he uses many rhyming couplets, "...sighs..." and, "...eyes..." This makes him seem very besotted. All of which is felt by the audience giving them a better insight into Romeo. One of the most essential scenes showing Romeo with the characteristics of a man is before and during the Capulet's ball; before Romeo gets to the Capulet's ball the mood is

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  9. Huckleberry Finn Coursework

    Huck later goes onto comment, that the house 'had so much style'. Placed elegantly on the table were books such as the Bible, a Hymn book and the Pilgrim's Progress; these books were 'piled up perfectly exact'. The Pilgrim's Progress was used by Twain to satirize the Protestant southern aristocracy. But, by having such religious books as the Bible, and still going to church every Sunday (ref. To chapter 18), you would think that the Grangerfords were very religious, but at church, 'brotherly love' is used throughout the services; 'the men took their guns along' and 'kept them' close by - how does taking a gun to church show brotherly love?

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  10. Should we eat meat? The arguments for vegetarianism include cruelty, health matters and taste. But there are almost as many good arguments against it for the same type of reasons.

    What I am trying to say is, if you are going to not eat meat for one reason then you might as well at least think of another reason. Animals used in laboratories are worse kept than any farm animal, so why do they believe this is right? Because it is not directly affecting the people. They see meat in shops, and think of the animals being slaughtered. But when they see a cured person walk out of a hospital, or they find their headache has stopped after taking aspirin, they do not see a mouse with growths on its legs dead in a bin.

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  11. Romeo and Juliet

    So just keep that in mind, and think about the events that take place in the play. At the beginning of the play, Romeo is getting over his last infatuation, Rosaline, whom of course is described as being very beautiful, so why wouldn't Romeo be infatuated with her? What Romeo's specific involvement with her is unclear in the play, but it's enough to get him depressed, which shows that Romeo is led by his emotions, or even his hormones, and not his brain. This is again reinforced when he immediately becomes infatuated with Juliet just upon seeing her.

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  12. Fate Unexpected

    Being his oldest child all the responsibilities fell onto me. I always offered my help yet he always refused. Somehow, I knew that I couldn't just stand back and watch this catastrophe. Three months had passed since my mother had passed away. It was the 5th December... I still remember that morning as if it were yesterday. This was the first birthday that I would be celebrating without my mother. Now that she was gone, all that remained were memories. A canvas of frost lined the grass that morning, whilst a thick blanket of fog obscured the morning sky.

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  13. Oxfam Leaflet

    By having the tap wrapped up as well gives the impression of a gift, which is essentially what you will be providing for these people in third world countries, the gift of water. The gift tag on the front page of the leaflet reinforces that this tap (which symbolises water), is a gift to people in the third world countries, the writing on the label is made to look as though it has been hand written, this makes it more personal to the reader, and of course if the leaflet can make the reader feel for people in third world countries and appeal to their emotions it will make the reader more likely to give money to Oxfam.

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  14. Advertising coursework (McDonalds)

    He now fronts whole advertising schemes worth millions of pounds a year which are now targeted at just children. On the McDonalds sit (in the history section) he is described as 'second only to Santa Claus in terms of recognition'. There is not a clear section for working out the nutritional info in a happy meal, you will have to go back to the nutrition section and work out every individual part of the meal. The children's site has a lot of hidden references to burgers via games, characters, jokes, colouring In etc. Children can have parties at McDonalds and their birthdays listed on the site.

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  15. State Against Michael Lamb

    Michael watched as his father devoted his life to his dying mother. Michael was eleven when she died. Michael's father taught him many important facts of life. (On one occasion, a seagull grabbed Michaels bait on a fishing trip that his father took him on. Rather than telling his son to cut the line and taking an easy way out, Mr Lamb wound in the poor seagull, knowing it wouldn't be right to leave it in pain, and killed it.) At the age of eighteen Michael joined the Brothers and became Brother Sebastian.

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  16. Room 101

    Ever since I was young I had always had a fear of flies. I'm not sure why; it's just always been that way. Whenever they are around they would give me this feeling I just couldn't ignore, like somebody had thrown itching powder all over my skin. I had to run like I was running for my life, and itching at the same time. It's terrifying, but I have no idea why. I know most people who are ignorant of my fear of flies just say "Look how small they are, they can't hurt you."

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  17. Original writing

    I pulled the trigger and all I was hearing was people screaming and screaming so I quickly got in the car and told the driver to drive as fast as he could, after he dropped me home as soon as step in to my house I got a call it was the boss I answered it and all of a sudden he was upset and angry that I didn't kill him quickly and quietly so he goes he wont pay me and I told him you're paying me or you will be next because no one screams at me like that and he started laughing and hung up.

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  18. English Coursework Writing 2 Explore Emagine & Entertain (The Gap)

    "When should we go?" "Now" I met Danny on the corner of Madison and Barley Street at 10pm. We made our way towards the centre as fear and excitement grew stronger with each step. I gave Danny one of my radios in case we lost each other, and we set them on a secure channel. On the way we agreed to leave before 12am so that our parents wouldn't worry about us. We could already see from a distance the large sphere like destroyer, this was serious.

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  19. English prose study

    He will become a gentleman and he will get some help from Biddy who is Mr Wopsle's great aunts granddaughter. As with many Dickens novels, fate takes a turn, when Mr Jaggers ( Miss Havisham's lawyer) offers Pip to the opportunity of leaving the Kent marshlands and going to London where he will become gentleman with "Great Expectations" he must keep the name 'always bear the name Pip' but he shall also not enquire the identity of his mysterious benefactor and he must also leave his 'old chap' Joe behind.

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  20. trailer of memoires of a geisha

    This art needs years of practice and dedication, and is not undertaken lightly by the women. The movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha' shows the true meaning of being a geisha. It shows both the painful and rewarding parts of a geisha's life. This begins in the first scene of the trailer. The story is told by a geisha, who shares the story of her own life. She is presented in the first scene as a mature young woman, probably in her mid twenties, but whose experienced face tells a different thing!

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  21. English Media coursework

    The specific moral of this episode depicts the message 'never give up', as Homer illustrates to us nothing is impossible, which is quite conventional of a stereotypical dad in a nuclear American household. The general image of families portrayed to mainstream audiences over the latter stages of the twentieth century is quite characteristic of how modern day sitcoms are presented. Traditionally, over the course of the twentieth century, broader audiences have witnessed the stereotypical, orthodox family, generally comprising of one disobedient boy, an academic daughter, a compassionate, empathetic motherly figure and a protective, demanding fatherly figure.

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  22. A Christmas Carol

    which couldn't cope, led to squalid housing and immense poverty. The times of the early Victorian society took poor people into workhouses or debtor's prisons and families chose to be homeless rather then going to prison. There were benefits like today's day and age. Also many poor people chose to be homeless rather than break up the family by entering the workhouses, this shows how devastating the workhouses were in the sense that they would rather take there children into the streets than a workhouse.

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  23. English Descriptive Writing

    I pressed the switch slowly afraid of what I might see. The bulb was small, and faint. It flickered a lot. But there in front of me was a fear I thought I could never see, a mirror. I sharply turned away in terror, shutting my eye lids tightly to clear the image of the mirror out of my mind. I released my tight eye lids. I was puzzled. There again was another daunting mirror. I turning myself around making a full circle, then I realized that there was daunting mirrors around me.

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  24. Analyse, review compare and comment on the features used in advertisements.

    Across the model's chin are the words: "MOISTURE HIT", and at the bottom of the page are the words: "Smack your lips with moisture that saturates, and colour that overflows. Hit them with it." The repetition of words like 'hit' and 'smack' add to the impact of the advertisement, meaning that teenage girls are more likely to remember it, and buy the product. The choice of 'violent' words, and the short, simple sentences make the advertisement more persuasive; the phrase 'MOISTURE HIT' is more eye-catching and memorable than a longer, less powerful phrase like: 'Lovely new moisturising lipstick', for example.

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  25. Compare the Nike Free and Levis 501 anti-fit television/cinema adverts

    The different adverts would also be shown at different times, before different films and on different channels. The Nike advert is more likely to be shown during a sports program, during soaps and before most films, while the Levis advert is likely to be shown in the evenings, on channels such as MTV, Channel 4 and E4, and before films which appeal to the target audience. Both adverts have been produced by major global brands as both Nike and Levis are recognised all over the world. Their brand image is very important, due to the huge competition between worldwide brands.

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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 the way a current affairs issue is reported in a tabloid and a broadsheet. The articles explore events surrounding two teenagers who have been stabbed.

    "To conclude, I have come to a final decision that the tabloid article shows the full horror of the tragedy because the information in the tabloid gets right to the point about what's happened. The information about the tragedy is a lot clearer in the tabloid because it is much more graphic and is also easier to understand. The powerful headings, subheadings and words make the articles very effective. The most powerful parts of the tabloid is where it talks about how brutal the murder of Shakilus Townsend was, also in the tabloid it tells you about facts and figures which tell you about what's happening with knife and how bad the situation is getting in London, this makes the article more powerful. Whereas the in-depth information in the broadsheet article will make people lose interest quickly because most typical British readers don't want to go deep into the story. So on balance I think that the tabloid article is the best and most powerful article because I think it is much easier to read and much easier to keep interest in. 1,214 words"

  • How free are we in the UK and how does our freedom compare to other people around the world?

    "In conclusion, all of us in England are very lucky to have the right of freedom even though we have some things we are not allowed to say and do we are a very free country. We are trying our hardest to help others in the situation of not having the same human rights. Compared to countries like India, Africa and china we are very lucky to have the right of movement, freedom of speech and the right to life. If we wish to help others in these countries we can give money to charity and maybe even join a group of people who support others around the world. If we join amnesty and send one letter that one letter will give someone who is less fortunate than us to get a bed to sleep on. The other organisations like liberty and Greenpeace have many different ways to help people in other places like Guantanamo get better lives by protesting and spreading news of what these people are going through."

  • Internet Essay- The Internet is the Greatest Invention of Mankind- Discuss

    "But, we are forgetting (In my opinion) the most important invention of all, and that is electricity. Without electricity, we would not have many of these other inventions such as the telephone, and more importantly the Internet. Undoubtedly, the Internet provides many people with a living, it provides millions of people each day with means of communication, and means of purchasing products, but, I do not think that the Internet is the greatest invention of mankind, nor do I think that it comes close; there are other far more beneficial inventions, such as the wheel, the telephone, and, of course, electricity. I believe that the Internet is a great invention, with upsides and downsides, but I believe it never was and never will be the greatest. Lily Kim Sing"

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