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  1. How do WW Jacobs and HG Wells build up an atmosphere of mystery and suspense in The Monkeys Paw and The Red Room?

    These books gave them an insight into gothic tales and treacheries. In "The Monkeys Paw" the gothic horror genre is brought across by the use of macabre. "The Monkeys Paw" is set in a secluded cottage deep I the countryside. Even though this setting is very eerie doesn't compare to the setting in "The Red Room", which is a very opache castle. This is a common setting for a gothic horror story. But the way HG Wells writes it it makes it more subtle. He doesn't really describe the outer appearance but later in the story describes the inside in depth.

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  2. With Close Reference to two or three episodes, investigate the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in The Hound Of The Baskervilles

    As well as this being the biography of Sherlock Holmes, it is also an autobiography for Watson. It is shown in this book especially, as there are a few chapters where Holmes is not in the book itself, only written to by Watson. We see this point right at the beginning of the book, when it says "Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was seated at the breakfast table." This shows us that Watson has been around Holmes for a while as he even knows and writes what time Holmes wakes up in the morning.

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  3. Of Mice and Men comparison film essay

    this means that the in fact the nature and tranquillity has been interfered with by humans. We are introduced to Lennie and George, as they come down from the highway to a pool by the river. George is small and dark, Lennie large and cumbersome being compared to a variety of large animals. We are given the first clue about the nature of the relationship between Lennie and George when George tells Lennie to not drink as much at the pool. "Lennie, for God's sakes don't drink so much." We begin to see that George is the leader and Lennie copies a lot of his actions such as pulling his hat down over his eyes like George's.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. context-Pride and Prejudice

    She died on 18 July 1817.Jane Austen writes many things in relation to the status of women and how important marriage was to them in regency England. This essay will discuss how Jane Austen relates the importance of marriage and the status of women through her novel: Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen uses both Lydia and Elizabeth to tell readers a lot about the importance of marriage, and the advancement it could have brought to the status of a woman in her time.

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  7. Summary of characters

    dancing. " He's rich, powerful and from a very well-respected family and has more money than Mr Bingly. Mr Binglys wealth was passed on from his father however Mr Darcy wealth was self inherited and some cam from his father, He can be cold mannered and superior, easily offending people. Without realising it or if he meant to insult them purposely. The offence Darcy often causes to others and Elizabeth isn't always intentional. He's naturally shy and reserved, which is mistaken for arrogance. Privately, he's loyal and kind. Darcy is very proud. Jane Bennet Jane Bennet Jane is the eldest of the Bennet girls.

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  8. An Essay Comparing the Different Techniques Used In Supernatural/Horror Stories

    Dickens' use of words makes the setting seem grotesque and disgusting. It gives you the impression of being able to see where you are, it makes you think you're at the scene watching the story unfold. "Gloomier entrance to a black tunnel." The setting is portrayed as a quiet isolated place, where nobody else goes. The sense of sight is used in a very strange way: "Steeped in the glow of an angry sunset." The sunset is described as angry when it is usually associated with love, romance and happiness. In contrast to 'The Signalman', 'The Red Room' is set inside, and set in a traditionally gothic castle.

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  9. How does Mary Shelley challenge and unsettle the reader of Frankenstein?

    They began an affair behind the back of his 18year old wife. When Godwin found out, he banned the young lovers from seeing each other. They decided to elope and set across the channel to Calais. When Mary became pregnant at 17, her father disowned her. The baby was born 2 months prematurely and died soon after its birth. Mary's life was full of so much death when she was so young, and this had a direct influence on 'Frankenstein'.

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  10. Ralph says "Things are breaking up I don't understand why. We began well. We were happy" Explain what went wrong on the island and how Golding explores the themes of good and evil.

    The island is also similar to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve directly disobey God they are thrown out of Paradise as a punishment. This is like the island becoming a burnt wasteland as a punishment for all the violence and evil carried out by the boys. Golding uses colour to represent good and evil throughout 'Lord Of The Flies'. The boys are happy on the island at first, as it seems almost not real, like a dream. "Where the pink cliffs rose out of the ground". Pink is a very dreamy colour and often relates to happiness and peace.

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  11. How Is Chapter 5 of Frankenstein Relevant To Social and Historical Influences of the Time?

    The story of Victor Frankenstein is one that shows a man who is meddling with the natural balance of life. The story is about a man called Victor Frankenstein who spends years of his life producing something that he thinks would solve this pain and anguish he suffered after the death of his mother. He believed that if he could bring an inanimate body life, than Frankenstein could maybe bring the recently deceased back into this world too. Frankenstein was trying to play the role of God and improve nature by creating a wiser, stronger and healthier human being.

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  12. Of mice and men coursework

    For George, it is the expectation of being his own boss and taking care of his own place. For Lennie, it is simply the expectation that he will be able to pet animals all day long. When this dream is shared between others it becomes almost contagious. Candy and Crooks are two characters from the book that sign on to this fantasy, which helps them also to transcend their circumstances. Without dreams the characters of this novella would have absolutely nothing which was the sad reality for all the workers who suffered from the great depression. A very strong example of a dream is the dream that is shared by Lennie and George.

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  13. Examine how the aspects of good and evil are presented in the film 'Bram Strokes' 'Dracula' portrayed.

    and his beautiful princess Elizabeta. In the introduction to the film we see the camera moving in 'snapshot form' to a high angle/plan view of a bricked floor and we see the cross falling (like how Elizabeta falls with her Christianity and dies into hell in damnation) and then the cross shatters as it hits the ground. The Christian Cross falls from a high angle where the camera follows it falling. It then smashes as it plummets to the ground.

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  14. What do we learn of Shaw's attitude towards class from "Pygmalion" ?

    Henry Higgins and Eliza represent opposite ends of the social spectrum and Shaw uses them and his descriptions of them and their surroundings to show what he believed to be an unjust gap between everyday lives and living conditions between the classes. Eliza is described as poorly dressed and dirty." Her hair needs washing rather badly...she wears a shoddy black coat. Her boots are much the worse for wear...compared to the ladies she is very dirty". In contrast, the middle class characters with the time and money for leisure are leaving the theatre and looking for a cab to take them back to their comfortable homes.

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  15. Arcadia Essay - Thomasina

    By saying more than one point that she can be questioned on, (both "Everything, thanks to Septimus", and "It is a Salvator!"), she gives Septimus time to think of an explanation. This is because the audience can then see that the adults in the scene are trying to follow Thomasina's diversion of the conversation. Both Lady Croom and Mr Noakes become confused, highlighting Thomasina's clear intelligence over them to the audience. Her intelligence and knowledge also makes the audience feel inferior to Thomasina, as there are points in the play when it is hard for us to understand exactly what she means.

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  16. How does Mary Shelly use setting to reflect plot and character in Frankenstein? How did Frankenstein influence the Gothic genre?

    This is a place if once your journey gets broken basically you will not survive. This again establishes the horror genre. Evaluation and some analysis of techniques North Pole is a really effective beginning to the book as it signifies the genre of horror. It expresses seclusion and sets the chill in your bones. This is a basic horror convention to start with. Another convention for this setting is that it determines to break the victims' journey. This classical convention clearly signifies the reader (dramatic irony) the victim's root to their own death. Laboratory The setting shows Victor's actions are horrible by the weather as dark clouds appear in the sky and the storm approaches.

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  17. 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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  18. Great Expectations

    overgrown with nettles" the graveyard is described as sad and lonely, and this is a use of pathetic fallacy because it is a reflection of Pip's feelings; the word 'bleak' also reveal to us that along with the graveyard being bleak, Pip's future is also bleak. Pip makes a juvenile assumption on his parents appearance, "I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly" Pip's innocent mind hallucinates about the appearance of his parents from their tombstones; his misreading of the situation represents a lack of communication.

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  19. tension built up-of mice and men

    And the reader senses that something tragic is about to ensue. Lennie doesn't understand things, a person can say almost anything to him. Unfortunately Curley's wife fails to see the danger in Lennie, and her attempt to console him for the loss of his puppy by letting him stroke her hair leads to her tragic death. After she lies lifeless on the hay, Steinbeck writes that all the marks of an unhappy life have disappeared from her face, leaving her looking "pretty and simple sweet and young."

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  20. 'Reputation and social class are all that matters to Jane Austen's characters' Discuss how this is reflected in the relationships and marriage in Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.

    Bennet fits perfectly into the image a typical mother in Jane Austen's time. She desperately wants to marry off her daughters to the richest men as possible not caring if any of her daughters actually have any feelings for these men. Mr and Mrs. Bennet have five daughter's, each of the Bennet sisters are very different, Jane, the eldest and the most handsome, Lizzy being opinionated and witty like her father, Mr Bennet, Lydia taking after her mother, desperate for marriage and very boisterous, Kitty who looks up to Lydia and wishes to be just like her and Mary a much smaller character in the novel, very passionate about books. Mr and Mrs.

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  21. the merchant of venice

    Shylock is also shown as bloodthirsty, we can tell this when he says to Antonio if you don't pay in time I want a pound of your flesh. This tells us he is bloodthirsty as not many people say if you don't pay me I want your flesh. Shylock doesn't charge Antonio any interest, which shows us he doesn't want the money just the flesh. Shylock is shown to be obsessed with money and therefore greedy. We know this because the first thing he says is "three thousand duckets - well".

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  22. English media coursework (collateral)

    The music that plays in the background suggests that Vincent is threatening and that there's something about him that's bad. Vincent's character is further defined when he shoots the two guys in the alleyway because they tried to steal his suitcase; one of them was still slightly alive and he shoots him in his head execution style, telling the audience that there is something cold about him. Another event that shows that Vincent as ruthless is when he breaks the man's leg in the night club.

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  23. Discuss the meeting of Stanley and Mompesson in Act 1. Consider it's dramatic effectiveness and it's importance in relation to the play as a whole.

    When Mompesson arrives, the two don't immediately notice each other, until Thornley points him out to Stanley, at which Mompesson sees him for the first time also. The music abruptly stops, which instantly creates drama as the villagers, as well as the audience wonder what is going to happen. Mompesson wants to talk to Stanley-he walks towards him-but Stanley turns away, obviously not wanting a confrontation. Mompesson is not giving up so easily, even though it is obvious to everyone Stanley doesn't want to meet him.

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

    "Romeo and Juliet" was focused around a dominantly male heavy story line. However, in "After Juliet" there is a bigger focus on females in the play. Also some of the males are there as "Comic Relief". Gianni and Lorenzo are, very early in the play, made out to be character that shouldn't be taken to seriously. Macdonald does this by having Gianni and Lorenzo have a talk about how Lorenzo made love to a girl called Juliet. "After the day.

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  25. Significance of comic and farcical scenes in Marlowe's Dr. Faustus

    Wagner tries first to puzzle them by his answers. Then he says, "God in heaven knows where Faustus is." Certainly this produces laughter but it also indicates the degeneration of Faustus. Faustus, after turning to necromancy, will certainly degenerate and only God knows where he will go. Wagner refers to the dining hall as the 'place of execution'. It is also the place of the moral execution of Faustus. This scene also indicates the misuse of knowledge. Faustus in the previous scene uses logic to justify reason for turning to necromancy while Wagner is using logic for no other purpose than to puzzle the two scholars.

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