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  1. Great Expectations Settings in Novel

    Historical context is also apparent in his characters, for instance Estella who is not typical of a Victorian woman, and a man outside Newgate who has got his clothing from the executioner, from men that had their heads chopped off. Money is also a big issue in Great Expectations, because Pip cannot make himself better unless he receives the money. Living conditions in London were very poor, there were no sewers; waste was thrown straight into the street. The readers are shown this unhygienic way of life through Dickens' descriptions of London.

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  2. What Do The Audience Learn About Sheila Birling In Act 1?

    She says, possessively "I should jolly well think not, Gerald." When Mr Birling starts one of his speeches he says, "It's a pity Sir George and Lady Croft can't be with us". This tells me that they didn't really approve of Sheila and Gerald's engagement. The Croft family, as titled people, considered the Birling family 'New Money'. More evidence to prove this is when Sheila says, after Gerald gives her the ring, "Is it the one you wanted me to have?" This statement proves the point because it insinuates that there was an argument over the ring as if it was a family heirloom.

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  3. How does Shaw draw the audience's attention to issues of social class in Act II of 'Pygmalion'? (p20-35)

    These women were called Propoetides and had no sense of shame because Aphrodite, who was the Greek goddess of love, had punished them for denying her divinity. Pygmalion however, was a devotee of Aphrodite and prayed to her to breathe life into one of his most exquisite statues- Galatea. Aphrodite granted Pygmalion's wish and Galatea transformed into a beautiful woman and married Pygmalion. G.B. Shaw brings the Greek myth into the play through his characters, as Professor Higgins resembles Pygmalion and Eliza Doolittle shares similarities with Galatea.

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  4. Discuss the relationship between Frank and Rita in Educating Rita how does it change over the course of the play and what do they learn from each other?

    The whole of the play takes place in just one setting giving the audience a closer and more intimate feel between the two characters as their relationship develops. In "Educating Rita" the relationship between Frank and Rita is constantly changing throughout the play. In Act one we see them becoming closer and in Act two we see them pulling apart; this is due to the fact that Rita earns her independence at the end of the play. This is perfectly normal as Rita learns how to socialise with other individuals despite the social class barrier and gains confidence; this process is a complete role reversal as Frank is now relying on her.

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  5. Analysing Stephen Spielbergs Directing Techniques In The Film Jaws

    Building suspense, the music starts off as a slow cello chord, like a heartbeat, gradually getting faster and faster until, suddenly, it changes scene. The colours used are blues and greens, serene and cold colours that, when used in this film, make the audience feel alone and in danger. When the scene changes quickly the colours used are reds and oranges from the warm glow of the campfire, when they are used in this scene Spielberg makes the audience feel safe and warm.

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  6. An Inspector Calls

    But the story proves us wrong, as war breaks out in 1914. An Inspector Calls is what is known as a well made play. Its progression is that from ignorance to knowledge, not only for the audience but also for the characters themselves. Priestley observes the classical units of time, place and action in his structure. The Birling's dining room is constant throughout, and the action and dialogue all contribute to the central theme of the play. The play is based on how the upper classes treated the lower class in the wrong manner; they exploited them and considered they were worth nothing.

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  7. Analysis of A Christmas Carol

    Dickens continues with this theme of social justice throughout and attempts to demonstrate that Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. Fred illustrates this when he comments that Christmas is the 'only time when ... men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely'. Scrooge's personality is revealed at the start of the story. He is presented, as a hard and mean spirited character, 'Hard and sharp as flint.' Dickens uses this simile to compare Scrooge to stone, hard, uncompassionate and unmoving.

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  8. The Long and the Short and the TallBy Willis Hall Introduction The Long and the Short and the Tall is a play that explores the conditions and certain situations during

    Mitchem, who is their leader, addresses Macleish simply because prior to this speech, Macleish who was temporarily in charge of the section felt he had to take action against a mouthy Bamforth who has wound him up. When Mitchem returned from his search of the jungle along with Corporal Johnstone he discovered what he described as a 'monkey house'. When questioning Macleish on what had been going on his absence, Macleish replied that he had occasion to reprimand a soldier.

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  9. The Long The Short & The Tall

    He called Banforth 'lad' instead of by his name. I formed the impression that he is vindictive. In reply Banforth is disrespectful to Johnstone. Johnstone allows Banforth to rile him. A good corporal should be able to remain calm unlike Johnstone who is quick to lose his temper. Banforth does not like Johnstone at all, as he is rude to him and treats him with lack of respect. Johnstone is unable to command respect from his men. Mitchem commands respect by being respectful and fair to the men. When Johnstone tells Banforth, 'Get your pack on' Banforth glances across to Mitchem, to indicate if he should.

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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 importance of stage directions in Miller's "A View from the Bridge" and what they reveal about the character of Eddie Carbone.

    "Eddie does not comprehend his feelings until Beatrice clearly articulates his desires in the conclusion of the play, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" - It doesn't seem like he has known about his secret desires until that moment. He then directs all his anger at Marco and tries to kill him. During the course of the play Eddie changes a lot. He becomes a man who betrays the community from the genuine Italian citizen he began as. Reasons for his downfall are his great Italian pride, his lack of restraint as he always wanted nothing less than everything, such as: Catherine, and Marco to beg in front of the community. But most of all, his loss of directions, he breaks the Code of Conduct so the Code "broke" him. It is ironic because at the beginning Eddie warns his family about the consequences if they snitch on the cousins but he suffered the very same consequences, as Vinny Bolzano did."

  • Discuss how Sharman Macdonald uses effective dramatic devices in the play "After Juliet"

    "In conclusion, Sharman Macdonald uses dramatic devices in "After Juliet" many times. The most effective one I looked at was The Drummer, a pivotal character in the play and one which makes the biggest impact. The reason for this that he controls what goes on. Juliet's present in "After Juliet" is also a good dramatic device as it is quite shocking and surprising to have Juliet in the play, considering she's dead. Gianni and Lorenzo are two characters in the play which aren't too essential, however act as a good dramatic device. The PA acts as an informer about what is going to happen and sets the scene. His part in "After Juliet" is a small one and not vital to the play, however his small speech may help a few members of the audience understand they play. Personally, I didn't enjoy reading the play. I felt it didn't do any justice to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Unlike the original, "After Juliet" didn't seem to cover much."

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