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  1. With reference to the way OCasey presents the members of the Boyle family in Juno and the Paycock, how far do you agree that they attempt to escape their poverty?

    Mary?s judgement of men is clouded by her poverty. She chooses Bentham over Jerry because Bentham can offer her a more comfortable life, even though Jerry probably would have treated her better. However, this method to escape her poverty backfires on her and she ends up in a worse situation than she was before ? unmarried and pregnant. Every step Mary takes to void her poverty inevitably brings her one step closer to it. Mary tries to influence her father into working as well, even though she is on strike.

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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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