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  1. Comparison of 'Desiree's baby' and 'The story of an hour'

    It tells a tail of a wedding of a woman who's backround surrounded in a shruod of mist to a wealthy slave owner who's name has a long and solid history of prestige. When the couple has a child, contravercy erupts when it becomes apparent that the baby has a different colour skin to the parents. The mystery of the baby being different is first created by the grandmother whom takes the baby to the window to get a better look at the baby as it would have been dark in the room in 1899.

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  2. How Effective is the Ending of

    The telephone conversation with Frobisher suggests a renewed in confidence in Andrew and give us hope: "........ I will now speak after Fletcher as is my right........." - Andrew One hopes that his speech will not be an anti-climax and that he will leave a better legacy behind him, yet he seems to have more faith in his ability now. What will become of Millie and will she redeem herself? After years undermining her husband, surely a phrase as simple as 'I am sorry' wouldn't be too much would it? Can he leave the school with his head high?

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  3. How do the poets use evocated language?

    They describe the pipe bursting by saying "Silver crashes to the ground." This is giving the impression that water is very precious "Silver" like a precious metal. Also in the poem they use similes. An example of a simile in Blessing would be "Skin cracks like a pod." This means that they are so dehydrated and their skin and lips are becoming dry. Also the poet uses assonance.

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  4. What does City Sugar tell us about Modern Views of Ambition?

    It's a turning point because throughout the start of the play, Leonard has complete control over Rex and even his name, 'Rex', suggests the name of a dog and complete obedience. Even simply Rex calling Leonard 'Len' shows that Rex has made the first step to becoming and equal of Leonard. Leonard is far from at a stand still when it comes to career ambition in similarity to Rex. A lot of what Leonard does is competitive and he has to come off best at everything.

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  5. What is the Importance of the setting in Rebecca?

    Also, Manderleys minutely detailed setting is clearly that of an actual house, Menabilly. Du Maurier and her husband both lived at Menabilly so when she went off to Egypt to write the novel, she wrote about her home. When the narrator is in Monte Carlo, the hotel is described and in my opinion, it seems like a very posh place. 'At the Hotel C�te d'Azur, she staked the claim upon a certain sofa in the lounge, midway between the reception hall and the passage to the restaurant and she would have her coffee her after luncheon and dinner......'

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  6. How does Charles Dickens create characters that are both memorable and striking in the novel 'Great Expectations'?

    In other words, they see everything through the eyes of this 'common boy' which makes the reader relate to him thus making him more striking and memorable. Dickens carefully separates the two Pips in the story; one tells his story and the other provides the readers with insight about what is actually happening to him and how he feels about it. This is best seen right at the start of the book with the quote "Who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle..."

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  7. Medea Excerpt Commentary

    Using metaphor and vivid imagery, the women juxtapose "little" love and "great" love, conveying the theme of the destructive power of passionate love. First, the Second Woman introduces the seemingly innocent idea of love. The description of a small love as "a joy in the house" makes it appear harmless, pleasant, and almost trivial, as the "joy" occurs "in the house" rather than directly to somebody. The imagery of the "jewel" depicts love as beautiful and valuable; it contrasts with the cold, unfeeling "frost and darkness" which it must withstand.

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  8. saving private ryan

    There is an extreme close up (so you know what he's seeing in his head) of his face and slowly the music in the background changes from honourable music to the beach rushing in. The scene then changes and there were a lot of people being killed. While the Americans' were on the boat captain miller takes a drink from his bottle and as he drops his hand it starts to shake because he was really nervous.

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  9. 20th Century Modern Play Coursework: Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    The play actively portrays both sides of the characters, through language and movement, and within symbolism itself. The difference with this play, is that unlike many others, it presents the medical profession as almost monstrous, forbidding and unrelenting, in its passion to save life. This is the kind of "bad" in this story; however in reality it's simply good. It only causes us to think in this way because all Ken truly wants, is to die, in dignity. The first thing to strike us about this play is the dynamic idea of each of the characters, namely Ken.

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  10. of mice an men

    Of Mice and Men is a poignant tale with many themes and characters. This essay will describe the way loneliness is portrayed in "Of Mice and Men." George and Lennie are companions who travel from place to place trying to finally create their dream. Which is to one day own there own ranch. George the protagonist of the story is a quick witted and sharp man. He takes the fatherly role of Lennie. Lennie the other protagonist of the story is a mentally disabled man. Despite possessing a child's mental ability he is described as having features of a bear.

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  11. Inspector Calls

    We can tell this when Mr Birling feels it is unnecessary to get Sheila involved with the details of the affair. Priestly is good at showing when one person is upstaged by the other as the inspectors presence ,was definitely a surprise and on many occasions we feel that Mr Birling is slightly threatened by the fact that the inspector has more say in this matter and cannot hold back what his children say. During act one we feel that Mr Birling is the kind of person that thinks he knows it all , and we find this to be

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  12. Hamlet - Act 1 Scene 4 Commentary

    Duncan continues by commending Macbeth on the battle won, and tells him that he owes Macbeth more than he can ever repay him. Little does Duncan know, in giving Macbeth the title of thane of Cawdor he is also giving Macbeth his throne and his life. The irony continues as Macbeth humbles himself by saying, "...our duties are to your throne and state children and servants, which do but what they should..." In other words, Macbeth is saying that just as a servant or child does as they should, so does he do all that he is capable of in the name of King Duncan.

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  13. The Simpsons(TM): Nightmare role models or positive influences?

    The Simpsons is based on and named after Matt Groening's family. Matt first published a comic strip called 'Life in Hell' which later inspired the Simpsons. The opening sequence of the Simpsons starts the same on every episode, apart from when Bart is doing line on the blackboard. When Bart writes on the board as a punishment, they show what he is writing such as "I will use Google before asking dumb questions". This may give children ideas to copy what Bart and will not give children any confidence when asking questions.

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  14. The law is only a word for what has a right to happen.(TM) What is the role of the law in the world of the play?

    This instantly causes the audience to question: 'how powerful and influential is the law?' Throughout the play, a clear message and answer is brought out. It is that even though justice is important, the law is usually incapable of delivering justice. This becomes more apparent when Alfieri warns Eddie about denouncing Marco and Rodolpho in the middle of act two. Eddie went to see the lawyer the second time and as the 'phone booth started to glow', Alfieri suddenly realized what was going through Eddie's mind.

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  15. Looking closely at Pygmalion, consider the relationship between Higgins and Eliza. Where do your sympathies lie?

    Her daughter on the other hand is very rude and says: "Make her give you the change; these things are only a penny a bunch."(p11). I feel sorry for her in this scene because all she wants is money for her flowers to make a living. Higgins selfishly throws money onto the road, after being requested, Eliza dives at the loose change. She is so happy to be able to hold that much money at one time she is very grateful to the man although he just wanted to get rid of her: "I really don't have any change."(p19).

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  16. Cuba by Liz Lochhead

    This may be the "powerful connection" which deeply affects her, death and the nuclear threat. One of the poem's possible interpretations is that there is a knight who falls in love with a fairy but, against his hope that the woman loves him too, he is betrayed by her, causing his death. Placed in Barbara's context, this may be thought as if Barbara really hopes that there is not going to be a war, but in the end her hopes are senseless and the war actually takes place; this is what might make her feel terribly scared and unable to control her fear.

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  17. Hieroglyphics; by Anne Donovan

    The story is written in a Glasgow dialect, meaning we find it harder to understand, giving is a small impression of what it is like for a dyslexic person trying to read. The story is set in Drumchapel, a small area in Glasgow, making it all seem more realistic as it is not that far away from home, showing us it can happen anywhere, even possibly here. The opening paragraphs really sets the story off well, as it gives us an insight into what happens in Mary's mind when she tries to read.

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  18. A Man For All Seasons Essay

    In this case, the courtroom environment is set up deliberately farcically without a great deal of respect for the process - the music is deliberately 'portentous' and overblown and the entire ceremony is painted with a heraldic and impersonal brush. This leads the audience to quickly come to the conclusion that the trial is going to be a 'show trial', and the accused has already been found guilty before the formalities begin. Another piece of evidence that adds, even more profoundly, to this feeling, is the representation of the jury - that is, their lack of real embodiment on the

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  19. The Way of 17th Century in the Way of the World

    It should be underlined that Mirabell and Millamant's ideas and manners were quite different from their people, which means everything that was committed by the couple would be behaved in the opposite way by others. Therefore, when Millamant said she will "fly and be followed to the last moment," it represents that women in those age considered marriage a significant part of her life. For further understanding we should account for the situation of English women in that period, whom despite several social improvements continued having less rights or freedom than men.

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  20. 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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  21. Read chapter 8 of great expectations. How does Dickens` narrative style and use of language create the character of Miss Havisham?

    Pip is very "uncomfortable" and "half afraid" about entering her house and meeting Miss Havisham. The Satis house is an intimidating reflection if Miss Havisham, "The great front entrance had two chains across it", this gives the reader the impression that Pip is entering a place where something is locked away and Miss Havisham does not want the outside to know. The house seems quite normal to Pip as he firsts enters the house, but the weird thing was that no daylight was to be seen it, "I entered, therefore, and found myself in a pretty large room, well lighted with wax candles.

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  22. 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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  23. Social behaviour Pygmalion and LoF

    It is astounding that Higgins is able to pass Eliza off as an elite, and Hungarian royalty at that, merely by altering her appearance and speech. The wealthy are so superficial they can not see past Eliza's appearance. On a deeper level, Pygmalion addresses the social ills in England at the turn of the century. Victorian England was characterized by extreme class division and limited, to no, social mobility. Language separated the elite from the lower class. In Pygmalion, Eliza's dialect inhibits her from procuring a job in a flower shop; Pygmalion is about the universal truth that all people are worthy of respect and dignity, from the wealthy nobleman to the beggar on the street corner.

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  24. Time Machine

    Time Travelling is like a car accelerating. He says that it begins slow and picks up velocity. At first the only difference you notice is a snail going much faster than usual and before you know it the moon is spinning fast through her quarters.

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  25. How does Clarke engage the reader through the begining of the play?

    This gives us the impression he cannot do it himself, and also it hints his condition. This is a good technique as it leaves the audience wanting to know more about his condition and how it happened. The control is then switched to contrast the earlier sense of the nurse's authority and order. On the second page the audience are shown that Ken is actually in control by the way he questions the nurse. He says, "What's your name? You must answer..?" This puts the nurse in a difficult position, as she has to answer him but must try to stay professional.

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