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    How does Spielberg use a variety of cinematic techniques in Jaws to engage the audience?

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    Also, the staccato nature of the soundtrack implies danger straight away, thus preconditioning the audience to feel scared when they next hear the music. This powerful theme tune immediately engages the viewers and sets the mood for the rest of the film. As the music reaches its crescendo, the title sequence finishes, and the camera cuts to the campfire scene, bring an abrupt end to the unnerving music and lifting the mood. The audience begin to relax, after hearing the harmonious diegetic sound of a guitar and harmonica, and also by seeing the light, which humans naturally associate with safety.

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    Macbeth Essay. The theme of the natural world vs the supernatural world is a major aspect that is conveyed regularly throughout Macbeth.

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    This means that King Duncan was above all other humans but below God and his angels. According to this concept, all existing beings have their precise place and function in the world and to depart from one's proper place was to cause alterations to the natural order and this betrays god. Nature was of big value as it was directly related to the natural order of things. If that order was disturbed in anyway, it would destructively reflect itself on nature.

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    Siddhartha's Social Journey- Hermann Hesse

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    As a Samana, Siddhartha's heart was cold to the people of the outside world. He saw businessmen, princes, prostitutes, priests and lovers and thought they were not worth a passing glance. Siddhartha was instructed by the eldest of the Samanas and was well accepted by them, but to the outside world, Siddhartha had no status and he was considered to be a beggar. When Siddhartha found himself unsatisfied with what he had learnt from the Samanas, he and Govinda decided to move on. They left the Samanas with good wishes and blessings from them and went on their way to see the Buddha.

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    I am Legend Review

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    When the tragic Krippen virus (KV) brakes out in New York, Manhattan has to be evacuated. People that have been affected by the virus have to stay behind, leaving young kids unprotected. Luckily; one man named Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his companion (Samantha the dog) are left to fight the battle. Determined to find a cure for the deadly virus, Neville being the last human survivor in Manhattan, knows he has very little time to save the human race, which has been turned into a race of 'dark seekers'. Will Dr. Robert Neville find the cure? Will he save the human race?

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    Shylock's Diary

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    I took advantage of this situation and placed Antonio at my mercy. At first I simply mocked Bassanio and repeatedly stated the details of the bond: 3000 ducats for 3 months and the fawning publican Antonio bound, over and over again I stated it in a manner that grew more condescending each time. I thought out loud and put emphasis on the dangers that ships entail such as the treacherous winds and the pirates, after all it would not be the first time that a merchant's ships and fortunes were lost to the all too brutal seas.

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    Porphyria's lover analysis

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    It knocks down trees "for spite" and tries its best to annoy the lake. It's obviously not just a dark and stormy night outside. Since wind is not able to feel emotion, it appears that the narrator is coloring the outside environment with his own internal emotions. He feels gloomy and spiteful himself, not the wind. This builds up mystery and tension as we read more of the poem. This makes the reader feel uneasy and reflects the mood of the man inside the cottage so we expect that something bad is going to happen.

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    Look carefully at chapter 11 of Heroes and show how Robert Cormier builds suspense

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    When Larry gets off the train he acts as if there is nothing different about him but the people that see him see that he is not. "That touch of Fred Astaire still in his walk". Suggest that he is the same but as you read on you see that he is not the same person "his slenderness walk was knife like now, lethal, his features sharper, nose and cheek-bones". The words "knife like, lethal" suggest that Larry is now a completely different person; he is now harder, stronger person like a proper army man.

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    An analysis of the ways in which two non-fiction texts present a biased account of the Derek Bentley case.

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    The newspaper article is headlined "Chicago gun battle in London: gangsters with machine guns on roof kill detective, wound another", this headline immediately seeds in peoples minds thoughts of; gangsters fighting and bandits with machine guns. The word Chicago brings to mind a very rough and violent place in America that people would have seen in films about Al Capone. The headline also tells readers that a detective has been murdered and another wounded whilst doing their duty, this makes the readers feel sympathetic towards the dead detective and his wounded colleague and assume that they were shot by violent and brutal gangsters.

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    How Does Shakespeare Use The Idea Of Opposition As A Dramatic Device In 'Romeo and Juliet'? What Are The Effects Of These Techniques?

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    Shakespeare chooses this poetic form to outline the play's main issues of love and hatred and to present another major theme of the play: how true love ultimately triumphs because the deaths of Romeo and Juliet end the feud between their families. The play goes through stages: it begins with hatred between the two families- the Montague and Capulets. They regularly disrupt the peace of Verona with their arguments and fighting eventually the prince has to threaten them with death.

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    3 short stories comparison essay

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    The bad weather clears up and James begins his way back where he awaits a coach. "The Signalman" was written in 1865. The story is about a man who is wandering the countryside and his curiosity overcomes himself. He then learns of the signalman's job and duties and visits him regularly. As they begin to talk, the narrator begins to worry, "for the poor man's sake" highlights his consideration for the signalman as the signalman claims he has seen a spectre. Later on in the story the signalman's own concerns lead to his own death. All three stories are typical of the gothic genre where in the Victorian period it would have been typical to write about the supernatural, especially at that time when the people were uneasy regarding the introduction of trains.

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    Examine the impact that inspector Goole had on the Birling household in

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    This point being the cause of suicide of a young girl, named Eva Smith. The fact that the inspector has no interest in Birlings social position unnerves Mr Birling because his normal defence has no effect. When the inspector starts to question the family he dose so in a manner which is very unlike any other or normal inspector would conduct himself. He begins by announcing the shocking death of a young girl by suicide and he states: Inspector: I'd like some information, if you don't mind, Mr Birling.

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    Personal imaginitive

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    Now they make not even enough to feed my wife and our child. This is through no fault of our own. Drugs were found growing in farms all around this area but none in mine. Neighbouring rice farms have been shut down and the drug flow in Poona has stopped. There are no longer any drugs but the damage has been done. The reputation of the area has been destroyed and people refuse to buy my rice. The people of India are greatly against drugs; they feel that they are against God.

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    The Techniques Used by Wells in The Red Room to Create a Feeling of Suspense and Terror

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    This point increases the tension and stops the reader from putting the book down. Also, as it is a short story it is immediately setting the tone for the rest of the story. In the first page we are introduced to four characters. A young man,old man and his wife, and another old man. We never know their names. The young man is sceptical about the red room being haunted. The three elder people believe that it is haunted and dare not even go there.

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    Teenage experiance in romeo and juliet

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    Not once are him and lord Montague shown together on stage, and when he decides to marry Juliet he consults the friar instead of his father. Naturally a man would go to his father for marriage guidance, especially at such a tender age' On the other hand, Juliet seems very close to both her parents, but she seems more connected to the nurse, who has taken care of her from a young age, '...and I might live to see thee married once,' this quote says that the nurse has one wish and that is to see Juliet get married in her lifetime, usually a mother would say this.

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    Discuss the significance of the shifts in narrative perspective in Frankenstein. What is the effect of presenting different characters viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?

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    This is because in those ages, when we think of scientists, people often think that they are mad and abandon all of their families and their humane qualities in the quest for unlocking the ultimate secrets of nature- for Walton, the true magnetic North and for Victor, the ultimate goal of being able to "play god". But however, this is not true. For example, when Victor arrives at Walton's ship, Walton kindly helps and tries to care for Victor until he has fully recuperated.

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    Just Like That

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    It may sound weird but in the story killing a kangaroo is like a test of manhood. The father has made his son believe that if he kills a kangaroo he will become a man. I believe the son is in his early teens. There is a time in your life where you have to grow up, find out who you are and slowly move away from your parents. When you're in your early teens you still believe that what your parents do is the right thing to do but not as much as you did when you were younger.

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    Carrie's war book review

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    The other main setting in the book is the Evan's house. It is a very neat, orderly and pristine house where everything has its place, and things are done in a certain way. The house isn't used to having children living in it so I think it is a bit of a shock to the system when Carrie and Nick move in. The atmosphere in Carrie's war changes throughout the story. In some parts, like when Carrie and Nick have their farewell picnic with Mr Evans and Aunty Lou and when they get their going away presents, there is a happy atmosphere.

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    Similarities Between The Epic of Gilgamesh And The Story of Noah's Ark

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    The plots are quite close to each other. Both stories are written about a God who wants to destroy mankind for reckless and disorderly behavior. The two stories can compared, only to find a phenomenal amount of similarities between the two. Though the Epic of Gilgamesh and The story of Noah's Ark from the Bible come from exceedingly different sources, similarities are actually commonly occurring. In both stories, the main character and their family are the only humans chosen to survive; both also bring along certain animals onto their self- built boat.

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    Explain the relationship between Dysart and normality in Equus.

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    It was an era of 'well made play' as opposed to the one that followed. Traditional audiences tended to go and see drama at the theatres. Newer ones now watch it on television; the theatre plays little part in drama today. The styles and context of the plays are more iconoclastic and revolutionary; long established social mores were turned against. Theatres now had no shame in introducing explicit s****l content and obscene language. Equus as a post 1967 drama displays this quite often: Alan's s****l fantasies with Equus and Dysart's sad analysis of his personal life.

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    How is suspense created in The Signalman?

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    This already is one of the ways Dickens has created suspense in his short story by making people que9stion the reliability of trains and also made people scared of such a new method of transport in their lives. Another recent idea, at the time of the 19th century (the Victorian era) was ghost stories and thrillers. They were a popular genre of short stories used to entertain people. To produce a successful ghost story or thriller, it is essential for the author to build suspense and tension to keep the readers interested and involved, well entertained and also scared.

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  21. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel that teaches the audience many important life lessons. 2nd version.

    The trial of the Scottsboro boys began in 1931, when Harper Lee was 5 years old. The trials of the Scottsboro boys, which may have inspired Tom Robinson's trial in 'To Kill a Mockingbird', started when two white women accused nine young black men of r**e. Eight of the boys were convicted and spent years in prison before one of the women confessed to making up the story. Sadly, the injustice of the Scottsboro Case was not unusual, as seen in Tom Robinson's trial.

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  22. Comparing the depiction of women in literature. The two pieces I am comparing are, Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and Hardys novella, The Withered Arm

    This quote proves that she works hard for a very little income. Hardy makes us feel sorry for her when he uses words and phrases to characterise her looks, "The thin women", "boney". Rhoda has a diet of poverty, she is so poor she can just about keep her son alive. In the novella Farmer Lodge sleeps with Rhoda, she becomes pregnant to Farmer Lodge's child. But soon after they split up because Farmer Lodge finds himself a new wife that he loves, Gertrude.

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  23. To what extent are Shakespeares plays a product of the Elizabethan theatrical context in which they were first performed?

    Nowadays, the theatre is seen as a treat or even an evening out. The modern audience do not have to worry about distractions or muggings in the theatre, but both modern and Elizabethan audiences treat the theatre as an escape from everyday life, to see something new and interesting. The Globe was a retreat for civilians; it was somewhere where they could get away from the dirty streets of London. Even though, the Globe was made to look like a palace, it was not expensive.

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  24. Romeo and Juliet Monologue

    Yes I know Romeo hath slain my cousin but why should I moan over this when my true love is still alive? This has only affected our trust towards each other...nothing else... Wherefore hath he done this to me? He knew it would hurt me dreadfully. Oh dear lord what will happen if mine and Romeos secret is revealed and my parents find out? They would be horrified and god forbids what might happen. Would they slay Romeo? Oh this has got me terribly afraid.

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  25. The Wave

    Laurie's mum is a "worry-wart," who is always firmly against the Wave. And finally Christy Ross, the wife of Mr. Ben Ross, the leader and creator of the Wave. Each of their opinions are remarkably different. Laurie is uneasy about the Wave in the beginning. She can see the positive things about the Wave, and also the negative things. She states: "So many kids in my class, they're just caught up with it." This shows that she noticed how all the other students changed after the start of the experiment. On the other hand, Robert Billings is a firm member of the Wave.

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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?
  • Discuss the significance of the shifts in narrative perspective in Frankenstein. What is the effect of presenting different characters viewpoints, especially those of Victor and the monster?

    "In conclusion, Mary Shelley uses the three narrators in a Mise-en-Abyne fashion to slowly delve deeper into the story, and in the process, understand the three narrators, whom are characters in a first-hand manner. Shelley also uses these three characters which have unique roles as narrators to help her break certain social stigmas present at that time. But overall, the usage of various narrators in the book helps us understand the story better."

  • Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" both shocking and realistic, and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film.

    "In conclusion, the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" was made both shocking and realistic through the iconic images displayed throughout the scene and the acts of selflessness that are portrayed through the characters actions. The first scene had an impact on me personally. This was: "I strongly feel for the soldiers and their fallen comrades, because this film has shown me what they had to go through to protect my future. The 'jerky' camera movement created a sense of realism and made me feel as if I were with the soldiers at the battle of Omaha Beach. I also feel that the absence of non-diegetic sound aloud me to take in the sounds that make up a fighting soldier's world." 1 Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of "Saving Private Ryan" both shocking and realistic, and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film. By Adam Taylor"

  • Compare Antony and Brutus speech. Which is more effective and why? Give evidence to support your answer.

    "In conclusion to this essay I feel that Antony has a stronger speech than Brutus. I feel that Antony has a stronger speech as he uses very strong props to gain the crowds attention, he also uses many different ways to make his point of how he feels of Brutus and Caesar. I also feel that he has a stronger way with the crowd by coming down to their level instead of towering above them. Although Brutus uses more stronger rhetorical questions Antony use rhetorical questions that make the crowd think about what Brutus has said and if it was true or not."

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