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    Curley's Wife Essay

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    This affects the reader to pre-judge Curley?s wife even before she entered. She has been portrayed as dangerous. When Curley?s wife first appears both George and Lennie notices ?...the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway is cut off?. This suggests that Curley?s wife is like darkness. She is also dangerous and brings only trouble to ranch hands because when she appears their ?sunshine? is cut off. Light represents hope in this novel. The fact that light/sunshine has been cut off links back to the idea that Curley?s wife will stand between their dream and future and may take away their happiness and dream just like darkness.

    • Word count: 1439
  2. How guilt is represented in 'An Inspector Calls' by JB Priestley

    He didn?t understand or think that he had done anything wrong or he just didn?t want to admit it but during the play, the inspector made Mr Birling feel slightly guilty for his part in Eva?s death but this didn?t happen until the later stages of the play. Although he became a bit guilty he is unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva smith?s death. Probably the character that shows most guilt and sympathy is Sheila Birling.

    • Word count: 867
  3. The Great Gatsby (pg 88-89): How does Fitzgerald make this a significant and symbolic moment in the novel?

    However, Gatsby?s carelessness towards materialism is revealed gradually as ?his bedroom was the simplest room of all?, the only room he rarely uses, is empty compared to the rest. This suggests a deeper insight of Gatsby?s mere intention in decorating his house is to impress Daisy. Therefore, the readers are able to see that his house is no longer a home, but a prop in Gatsby?s stage design to attract her. His obsession with her is heightened to the point that he attempts to ?revalue everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well- loved eyes?.

    • Word count: 1284
  4. Franz Kafkas magic realist novella The Metamorphosis uses the physical transformation of the protagonist Gregor into a bug as a reflection of his place in society

    The extended metaphor of transformation (metamorphosis) is used to literally and emotionally alienate Gregor from his family members, and from humanity in general ? he refers to it as his ?imprisonment?. He experiences little human contact, eventually becoming totally isolated from everyone around him, including his sister Grete who had taken care of him. As the story progresses however, it is revealed that this feeling of estrangement actually preceded his transformation. Shortly after waking up and discovering that he has been transformed into a bug, he reflects on his life and notes how shallow and transitory his relationships have become, ?I still have to cope with?never

    • Word count: 556
  5. 'Speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson.

    Students were arrested at this party, leading students (many of which she doesn?t know) to hate her. She clearly suffers psychological trauma from this event, as displayed in her science class while dissecting frogs: ?My throat closes off. It is hard to breathe. I put out my hand to steady myself against the table. David pins her froggy hands to the dissection tray. He spreads her froggy legs and pins her froggy feet. She doesn?t say a word. She is already dead.

    • Word count: 997
  6. Looking for Alibrandi

    Josie learns from Jacob that her culture is a large part of her identity which makes her unique. As Jacob tells her: ?I like that culture in you ?and that?s what I?m attracted to about you.?(page 83) Josie resented her Italian heritage because she believed it held her back from her aspirations as she struggled to be part of the world of John and Ivy: ?I want to belong to their world?where I can be accepted,? (page 32) This problem relates to many teenagers as various cultures have traditions that they need to respect.

    • Word count: 873
  7. Power: An Analysis of Lord of the Flies as a Political Allegory

    Aside from the evident challenge of rescue, the main conflict arises in the power struggle between the Jack and Ralph. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding utilizes the characterization of Ralph as the democratic leader and Jack as the totalitarian leader, including the struggle between both types of governments, to portray a political allegory conflict of democracy versus fascism. To ensure the sphere of democratic influence on the island, Golding creates the character Ralph to represent democracy and be the democratic leader.

    • Word count: 1114
  8. 'Of Mice & Men' by John Steinbeck (Character analysis)

    As he walks, he drags his feet, with his arms loosely fallen at his sides.?A huge man shapeless of face, with, pale eyes, with sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely.? While reading the novel I have learnt that Lennie is child like, he easily forgets things which he has been told and has to be constantly reminded by George.

    • Word count: 1358
  9. Of Mice And Men - Lennie and the Death of the Mice

    These mice may have had families of their own in which they would never return to. A mother mouse may have gathered food for the next meal only to see the father of her children never return. Of course it is better that she never see what had fatally happened that day. These mice, once caught by Aunt Clara, never had a chance. After capturing this poor, innocent, little creature, it was then released into the hands of Lennie.

    • Word count: 487

GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Literature will introduce you to some of the greatest works by writers from both the modern era and from the past. You'll bestudying dramatic works, poetry and prose and analysing how they were written, what they say about the times in which they were written, and the devices that the writers used to tell their story effectively.

Quite which examples you'll be reading and studying depends on the specification you are entered for and what choices your teachers make but you'll definitely be studying a Shakespeare play. Studying the subject allows you to build strong skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and literacy; qualities which are extremely valuable infurther study and in the world of work.


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