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  1. edward sciccorhands review

    While hearing slow and classical music to represent the difference in feeling from confused to happy and admiration. Burton mixes classic fairytale themes to create an original and touching character in Edward. Taken from his gothic castle to a colourful and romanticized suburban neighborhood he changes the lives of the town's people forever. The first half of the film is very funny, full of subtle physical comedy and gentle satire on suburban life. Edward brings his artistic skill to the town and the people almost ignore his creepy, weird and disturbed appearance.

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  2. In the first two scenes of the play, Richard III is perceived in many different ways. Shakespeare creates a good basis on which to make the audience believe different aspects of Richardss character

    A few examples of this are, "now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious by this son of York" Richard is the discontent, meaning that this will be Richards's winter but it is spoilt by Edward. This is a good indication that Richard will do something significant in the play, it is as if he is plotting and scheming. " Made glorious summer by this son of York," an obvious but clever pun on "son." The son is Edward of York and also the king.

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  3. Why did Richard III take the throne in 1483, and why did he lose it in 1485?

    Richard now claimed the throne for himself. To avoid all implications Richard had Prince Edward and his younger brother, Richard, taken into custody. It is believed that he arranged to have both of the killed in the tower of London. "There has been a great deal of speculation about the fate of the two young sons of Edward, 'the Princes in the Tower', neither of whom was seen alive again." Source: Henry VII third edition. Richard was also able to take the throne by striking a friend ship with the Duke of Buckingham who was seen as very powerful.

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  4. How does our opinion of Richard alter throughout the first 3 scenes of Shakespeares

    Phrases such as, 'Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time,' describing his premature birth and deformity because of it; 'I am curtailed of this fair proportion,' which depicts his lack of affection from the fairer s*x, despite the happy, peaceful times they are supposed to be living in. Furthermore, this creation of sympathy continues when Richard tells of his preference to warfare than peace, because of his deformities and the opinion people hold of him because of it; 'Why, I in this weak-piping time of peace Have no delight to pass away the time,' However, despite the compassion that generates from this verse, it is clear that Shakespeare wishes to evoke mixed feelings from an audience towards Richard.

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  5. Close Analysis Of Richard 3rd's Attitude Towards Women

    Perhaps there is a reason for Richards dis-interest. In his opening speech he also tells the audience about his deformities. It is possible that maybe Richard puts up a barrier to women to avoid rejection, getting hurt, as he feels they won't love him due to his deformities. He perhaps feels he is at a disadvantage to other men, which is why he shames them, perhaps it is even jealousy. We know of his down glance on men who fall for women, and of his self pity, as earlier in his speech he claims ''He capers nimbly in a ladys chamber, To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.

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  6. personal creative coursework

    and he would meet me at the train station later.(Richard is a chubby boy and gets wound up when people talk about his weight). I was walking to the train station and checked the time, I saw that we were going to be late so I started to run .I saw Richard and told him to hurry up as usual he was eating. He started to run and as I looked around I saw people from my school with a look of shock on their face they have never seen him run before.

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  7. An analysis of the opening sequence of Pretty Woman written for an A level media studies book

    It is preceded by the name of the company which produced the motion picture, Touchstone pictures. The opening shot is a close up of 3 palms which all have what seems to be money and the first words uttered in the entire movie are "It's all about the money." Straight away the theme of money is established. The camera then zooms out and follows Edward's lawyer Philip. Philip begins to suck up all the glory for the party. The viewer can already notice even after a few seconds that he is going to be a very devious and selfish character.

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  8. Is Richard III a hero or a villain

    was fought between the houses of Lancaster (red rose), & York (white rose). By the end of the play, the crown belongs to Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, who is linked to Lancaster. It is often thought that Tudor monarchs encouraged a particular view of history which claimed they were the rightful monarchs. Therefore, if Richard were to be portrayed as a villain, the hero of the story would surely be Richmond, with him as the main character defeating Richard in the finale. However, he is not the main character, and plays a backseat role in the story.

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  9. Discuss how the climatic scenes from Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow make use of similar cinematography in order to communicate the gothic nature of the narrative

    The images are brief, this helps speed up the action and to create tension in the audience. There is tension because the audience do not know if Ichabod or the Horseman will get to the windmill and essentially Katrina first, because the Horseman is only after Katrina. However the Horseman is prepared to kill anyone who gets in his way. It also informs the audience of the various narrative strands, linking them together for the climax of the film. Montage editing is used in a similar way for Edward Scissorhands.

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  10. How Might the Audience feel about Richard at the end of Act 2

    Most of what Richard says at the start of the play, Has something linking to it: because Richard is deformed, he cannot be loved; because he cannot be loved, he must be a villain; because he must be a villain, he will stop at nothing for the throne. These excuses basically show that he is hiding the fact that he wants to play a 'Bad' character. As he is becoming more successful towards the throne, He is starting to enjoy it.

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  11. Richard III coursework I will be talking about how Shakespeare has shown Richard to be a true machiavel. I will do this by focussing on I.1, I.2, III.7 AND V.3. I will be examining the features of language, staging and presentation.

    Shakespeare sets up Richards's character in the opening soliloquy by that the poetry is written in Blank verse with ten syllables unrhymed lines. He expresses his thoughts out aloud. Richard is totally explicit at all times and does not try and hide his evil nature like a machiavel. The effect this would have on the audience is how evil and how devious Richard is being a self seeking power hungry maniac willing to sacrifice everything to get his own way.

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  12. Richard lll: Can Richard's behaviour be justified?

    He wants to be in charge and he wants everyone to obey him. He acts as an authority figure, he makes his opinion heard as he tells whoever gets in his way what he is going to do and will do. This is all because of his authoritarian personality but he also has a slight psychopathic personality. However, many may say this might make his behaviour justified because his personality cannot be easily changed and it was very rare to have psychological help because it did not exist in this era. An authoritarian person has rigid beliefs, is intolerant and yet submissive to those in authority "We are the Queen's abjects, and must obey.".

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  13. How Far Is Richard III A Hero?

    This would therefore suggest that he his heroic as he has led his side to victory. When saying 'I, that am rudely stamp'd and want love's majesty' (1, 1, 126) Richard gains sympathy from the audience as he is saying that he was badly made and doesn't have the looks to gain love from a woman, unlike others who can enjoy 'sportive tricks'(1, 1, 14). The audiences sympathy for Richard is also enhanced when he mentions' that so lamely and unfashionable that dogs bark at me'(1, 1, 23). The way in which he talks about his victories and uses the pronoun 'our' before 'I' pushes the audience to look upon him as a hero, as we are learning that he has fought amongst others to gain victory for his country, before then learning about his faults.

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  14. Throughout this play by William Shakespeare, Richard III has been portrayed to have several faades. He has a charming, witty, intelligent, manipulative, confident and charismatic personality

    He refers to himself as deformed, as he was born premature: "Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time" Richard believes he is an outcast from society and also believes that other people can do things that he cannot: "But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks" By this he is referring to his inadequate physical appearance and body. He does not help his own self-esteem, however he does put himself down as he thinks negatively. This dives him to become a villain.

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  15. The aim of these piece was to show the theme of survival. In fact, our work only included one scene, but we have shown the inner side of a human being kept in captivity for such a long time. In this case we talk about Adam an American man

    In the scene we see him troubled by the fear of death. He's becoming very pessimistic about his future, he's now realizing that the Arabs want to kill him. A reason of that is because Adam is American, and they are seen as "war prices" if captured. In the seen we can see that he's very troubled and becoming mad. We represent his inner mind by adding in the scene another Adam, who is suppose to show how he was before becoming mad. I think that the two Adam are really different, obviously, as they show the two different part of a man such as Adam.

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  16. The story "Killings" by Andre Dubus is about a man named Matt and his love for his son Frank. He is upset because his son has been killed by a man called Richard. Matt's wife, older son

    Once Matt tells his friend Willis "Ruth sees him too much. She was at sunny Hurst today getting cigarettes and aspirins and there he was. She can't even go out anymore. It is killing her" (90). This explains how much of pressure he is under to avenge his son's death. This leads him to kill Richard even though he does not really want to kill him Another one of the reasons for Matt's action is that Matt's older son Steve wants to kill Richard.

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  17. Exploration of the techniques used to foreshadow death in Richard III Shakespeare's tragedy of Richard III is a play where death is one of the central themes

    Clarence's dream in this scene is one of the more evident techniques Shakespeare uses to foreshadow death. Clarence interprets his death as being an accident, however, as the audience is very much aware of Richard's true character, it becomes evident that it was not an accident at all. 'What sights of ugly death within mine eyes; 1.4.23-24'. Shakespeare makes very obvious references to Clarence's death in this dream, as well as using very morbid imagery, particularly of the sea, which strongly connotes the idea of drowning within the context of the dream. In addition throughout Clarence's retelling of the dream, he uses words which are synonymous with death and pain; 'drown' 'dreadful' 'fearful' 'gnawed' 'pain' 'dead men'.

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  18. In Richard Wright's short story,

    Families, such as Dave's, were challenged with the realities of poverty, and emotional conflicts. In Richard Wright's short story, "The Man Who Was Almost A Man," the protagonist's opinions regarding his manhood differ from his mothers. Those disputed opinions about personal experience, competence, and emotional reactions show significant differences when compared.

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  19. In conclusion Philip Dean's produced theater performance "ZigZag Street" provided the main theme well through out the whole performance. The acting was wonderful and the uses of techniques were used great. The only downside to this play was the script

    Girl: so what do u do? Richard: Im s lawyer. I work for a financial institution, what about u? Girl: im a student. Richard: what are u studying? Girl: Do you like movies? Richard: Sure. She has the Pulp Fiction postcard. Girl: would u like see Pulp Fiction with me sometime? Richard: With you? Girl: Yeah. You haven't seen it? Richard: No, I haven't. One might this week? Or the weekend. Girl: The weekend might be better. Im not allowed out on weeknights during school. Pause. Richard: During school. Girl: Its okay. Im nearly seventeen This scene illustrates the main theme very well; it shows the audience that Richard is looking for friendship or companionship within this girl.

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  20. The pre 1914 novel I have chosen to write about is The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

    As it happened the son of King Edward longed for a life of freedom and normality. Tom Chanty met the prince, when a palace guard pushed him down, the prince didn't think that was how his subjects should be treated and he was invited in. The prince decided that they should change roles, they realised that they looked alike, and that is how the story began. They both had different experiences; Tom was astounded by the busy life and the grandeur at the palace. While Edward had no shoes, and had to walk on the bare ground, people thought he was going crazy, because this poor beggar boy claimed to be prince.

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  21. Edward Scissorhands - Use of Allusion and Symbolism

    The use of allusion in Edward Scissorhands is one of the most important choices in production that has been made by director Tim Burton. In order to fully appreciate and understand the plot, the movie is dependant on the audience being able to recognise certain references and elements emulated from other films. Edward Scissorhands is especially reminiscent of the themes and concepts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which is also based around the isolation, introduction and persecution of a man-made individual into a community.

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  22. Imagine you are directing a performance of Richard lll. You are the working with the actors on the climax of the scene in which Richard puts pressure on Lady Anne to marry him.

    In this scene Richard is kind of like a s****l magnet and Anne is being pulled into his charms and is forgetting what terrible things Richard has done o her and her family. I think that Anne is quite like a modern woman in the way that if a man tells her that he loves her she will forget about everything he has done to her because she is so flattered. Also she falls into Richards arms more easily because she is feeling very insecure seeing as she has no one left to care and protect her because of Richard killing both her husband Edward, and her father-in-law to King Henry Vl.

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  23. Essay - 'The Devil's Disciple' by George Bernard Shaw

    During the scene Mrs Dudgeon had told Judith to "never mind" Essie, and says "You know who she is and what she is" reminding Judith that Essie's is an illegitimate child. Judith who was trying to fulfill her responsibilities of being the minister's wife shows sympathy by - "Patronizing Essie" by explaining to her, "you must not mind if your aunt is strict with you. She is a very good woman, and desires your good too." But as Essie replies in "listless misery..."

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  24. Explore the presentation of Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Shakespeare's Richard III:

    "And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber" when he says this (if you are reading the text) I found that it came across as if he was being quite resentful and irritated by this fact. This intrigues the imagination to think of possible reasons as to why he may feel like this, he then goes onto say: "nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty......

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  25. To what extent have you found it possible, in your consideration of literary works, to separate the individual from his or her public role? In your answer you should refer to any two or three works you have studied.

    In this way we can see and clearly separate the individual from their public role in these novels. To begin with, 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe revolves around the life or Okonkwo. Through the omniscient narration we are enabled to see the thoughts of Okonkwo all throughout the novel. One such example is in the very beginning of the novel, where Okonkwo attempts to show Umuofia that he is a great man and an extremely hard worker. On this occasion we find out that Okonkwo does so as he despises the laziness of his father and strives not to be like him and obtain the abysmal reputation which Unoka had.

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