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  1. Critical discussion of the following passage- Page 31 from stage direction 'Owen enters with Lancey' to the end of the act. Before this passage what happens is that Hugh turns up and he is slightly drunk

    Owen translates what Lancey says about the purpose of the survey. Lancey's actions are staged as if he were talking to children because he speaks 'a shade too loudly and enunciating excessively.' The audience can interpret this that Lancey sees himself as superior to the 'foreign civilians' because he sees them as children. However, after Jimmy asks in Latin if he knows Latin, Lancey says to Jimmy: 'I do not speak Gaelic, sir.' This shows that Lancey is not as intelligent he thinks he is and doesn't know more than the people of the class.

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  2. Compare and contrast the two poems 'The death of a hired man' and 'Out, Out-'

    the poem portrays the last part of time that Silas and the young boy have alive; the poem starts off and they're alive and as soon as the poems end so does their lives, thus giving the poem an abrupt ending, just like actual death. So time plays a major role in these poems. Another example of time is that both of the poems have a passage of time in them. In 'The death of a hired man' the passage is when, "I'll sit and see if that small sailing cloud Will hit or miss the moon."

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  3. Doors and Windows as Symbols of Character Thoughts and Relationships in Dom Casmurro and Chronicle of a Death Foretold

    The smallest gestures towards doors and windows on the part of any character can influence a reader's perceptions of the story in profound ways because of the potency of the actions portrayed. Both architectural features are representations of the nature of character relationships in Dom Casmurro and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. In Dom Casmurro we can see the change in the relationship between the self proclaimed protagonist Bentinho Santiago - Bento, a young man promised to a seminary before his birth by his mother and Capitolina P�dua - Capitu, his neighbor, girlfriend and eventual wife.

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  4. Michael Lambs Defence Speech Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury I am here today to prove that Brother Michael Lamb has been unjustified

    Owen suffered a lot there, thinking that he had to run away. He was the youngest of a family of five boys. Could you imagine having four older brothers with two of them in jail having never seen one of them. His father never was around but when he was Owen wished he wasn't. When he came home he hurt Owen and treats him like he was a stray cat. Owen said that his father would call him a 'p****n cissy'; this would be the father's mode of address to Owen. But Own did mention one person who comforted Owen and that was his grandmother.

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  5. Francis Beaumont, James Shirley, John Donne and Dylan Thomas are poets who write about death. They write in

    When we get sucked in it is the end of life and this shows that Francis Beaumont believed that death is finality. 'Here's a world of pomp and state Buried in dust, once dead by fate.' The above two lines are the last lines of the poem. Francis Beaumont may be trying to say that no matter how we leave this world we all will one day and when we do, in the end, it will be in the same way, it will be chosen by fate, when it wants us dead we will be gone forever and death will be more.

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  6. Discuss the way in which death is presented in metaphysical poetry

    Donne further belittles 'Death' by saying that 'Death' does not kill people: rather it is 'slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men'. In contrast, Henry Vaughan's poem 'They are all gone into the world of light' shows his almost desperation to die and enter the glorious beyond. 'O Father of eternal life, and all Created glories under thee! Resume thy spirit from this world of thrall Into true liberty.' This desperation, however, comes from extreme curiosity as to what it is like to die and walk 'in an Air of Glory'.

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  7. Dearest Victoria, These last two months without you have been awful. We found out yesterday that the final attack is to be tomorrow

    It was a huge shock to all of us; especially Captain Stanhope, when we found out it was Officer Osborne. He was a fantastic officer and a great man. His death seemed to have a huge impact on Raleigh too; he was one of the enthusiastic ones I was saying about earlier. Raleigh's welcome seemed to be slightly awkward at first. Although nobody said about it there was a strange atmosphere between him and Captain Stanhope. Even though things went back to normal after a while, Osborne's death seemed to change things again.

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  8. Discuss the Ways In Which Two Poems In The Anthology Explore The Effects Of Untimely Death

    The fact that the man in the poem has lost "His dear, his loved, his only one" accentuates the notion that the man had love for only one child, and that child "died in the war". The young age of the boy is highlighted when the author tells us "his school books, into the cupboard thrust", and that they "have scarcely had time to gather dust". This shows that the boy has just left school, which adds to the pathos of the poem.

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  9. Symbolism and the Play Everyman The play Everyman dates back to medieval times and has affected

    Good-Deeds shows symbolism through his many charitable acts. Good-Deeds wishes to go along with Everyman on his journey before death, but he has been too weak. With being to weak Good- Deeds' sister, Knowledge, decides to go along. This shows symbolism through his charitable acts. Good-Deeds' costume symbolizes happiness by far and peace and perhaps was the color yellow. Good-Deeds' actions during the play are also symbolic. Good-Deeds helps Everyman accept going to the grave in a peaceful way.

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  10. Karl Swindlehurst English Coursework Letter Home From Trenches

    Another terrifying thing is the step onto the creaky mud splattered ladders in which many men before me have used to their inevitable death. I cant help but think, why do we have to carry on fighting? We have lost a tremendous amount of men. It has now become a slugging match and my thoughts are clouded about what we are actually fighting for. It is total lunacy, and really the inane tactics we are using are to suit the British officers pride.

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  11. Quarry Bank Mill in Styal differed widely from other textiles mills in the area

    Women were generally paid less than men. The wages paid at Quarry Bank and New Lanark were lower than at Manchester but the standard of living was much better. Greg and Owen provided all apprentices with, food, shelter, clothing and even beds. Where as in the towns workers lived in over crowded jerry built houses with polluted air having to buy their own food and clothes. Most apprentices were satisfied at Style and New Lanark and many even stayed on after their indentures were over. The new cotton mills were full of people unfamiliar with the new machinery and long working hours, therefore there was a great risk of injuries.

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  12. Tichborne's elegy

    "My crop of corn is but a field of tares" shows that he feels he has been given life but it is useless to everyone. "And all my good is but vain hope of gain" gives you an idea about how Tichborne feels that fate is pushing down on him, and anything he tries to improve his life fails. The second stanza shows Tichborne's feeling that he has had no influence on anything "my tale was heard, and yet it was not told" this

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  13. Provide a sample of poetry from a range of authors each of whom portray the theme of 'loss' in some way.

    However, the theme of loss is most interestingly represented in 'We are Seven' in which the narrator meets a young girl who has lost two of her siblings to illness. In this poem there is discord between the narrator's interpretation of death and the young girl's. Whilst the narrator sees death as a loss that cannot be reconciled 'But they are dead; those two are dead! / their spirits are in heaven', the girl's view is that there is no difference between the relationship she had with her siblings when they are dead to when they were alive 'And there upon the ground I sit / And sing a song to them'.

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  14. An Examination of Socrates Attitude Towards Death and Dying

    He presents his "defense" however in contrast to the scholarly definition of the term. He instead informs the jury of his philosophies and converses with them, stating that he must be wiser than the other men of Athens for he knows that he knows nothing. It is then, before the jury convicts him, that Socrates is first presented with the theme of death and dying. Socrates examines death from a philosophical point of view and concludes that for good upstanding people death should not be feared.

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  15. Comparing 'How Do I Wish To Go?' and 'Let Me Die A Youngman's Death' by Roger McGough

    ('Flames gripping my skirt', 'I achieved my final goal' from 'How do I wish to go?' and 'when I'm 73', 'give me a short back' from 'Let me die a Youngman's death') Because the topic of death is very personal and up close, this signifies that these poems are very personal. It creates an effect so that the reader would believe the poem even more. If the poem had been written in 2nd or 3rd voice, the poem may have an atmosphere of misunderstanding and confusion. A lot of people will be left not knowing whether the author is talking of good or bad to the person. The 1st person makes it clearer and more believable.

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  16. Analysis Rising Five By Norman Nicholson

    This theme carries on through the poem although it becomes more complicated. The comment is an innocent one typical of all young children but it makes the poet think about how it is not only young children who jump ahead but also older people in all stages of their lives that do this. The boy is in the earliest stage of his life which is the bud of his life. Verse two describes where the man and boy are standing in a field during late spring. It is an imaginative verse about the energetic speed of the vegetation's growth crammed into a couple of months as 'the cells of spring bubbled and doubled'.

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  17. Analysis Rising Five By Norman Nicholson

    He is cross because he has been called four when he believes he can sound more important by being called 'rising five'. This is where the word 'rising' from the title begins to repeat at the end of every verse. This theme carries on through the poem although it becomes more complicated Next Slide Verse two describes where the man and boy are standing in a field during late spring to the end of May. It is an imaginative verse about the energetic speed of the vegetation's growth crammed into a couple of months as shown by 'the cells of spring bubbled and doubled'.

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  18. Elegy For Himself

    The poem has 5 beats and adds to the melancholic feeling with its sad, slow rhythm. When I read this poem and truly hear it, I picture a man huddled in the corner of his cell, awaiting death, listening to the slow plodding sounds of the jailor's feet, who comes to take yet another man to his fate. I also can imagine Tichborne walking slowly to the headsman's block in time with the poem and placing his head on the block.

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  19. Is there SYMBOLISM in the Playboy of the Western World? If so, how is it used and how effective is it?

    It appears a life of excitement awaits Pegeen but she says rightly "We're only talking, maybe." Just as Pegeen's marriage to Shawn was delayed but not altogether dismissed by Christy's appearance so the excitement in Mayo was temporary and boredom continuation inevitable. Such symbolism is effective in that it links together the individual and communal levels of the play. The picture we first obtain about Christy from Shawn is symbolic of the epic proportions of Christy's account reaches. Shawn tells of "a kind of fellow" stealing poultry, following him and probably going to kill him, "groaning wicked like a maddening dog," when in reality appears only "a very tired and frightened" young man.

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  20. Discuss the idea of innocence and experience in Mansfield's work

    The typical language she uses sets up her innocence and naivety. Use of German and French dialect expressions highlights the novelty of European travel for the governess and her innocence and naivety .She is described as "quite white, with big round eyes", "long lashes", "soft beauty", these descriptions again emphasize how childish and innocent she is. Use of foreshadowing is used to develop themes and is quite obvious regarding loss of s****l innocence. There is foreshadowing at the start "I always tell my girls that it's better to mistrust people at first rather than trust them", this sets up the atmosphere and gives a warning of what will happen later on.

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  21. Comparison between Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop For Death" And Whitman's "Come Up From the Fields Father"

    They both use repetition of some words. Dickinson repeated the words "we passed". While Whitman repeated several words such as "waking", "longing", "withdraw" and "better". They both used descriptive language. Dickinson described the "Dews" that "drew quivering and chill", her "gown" which was made of "Gossamer", her "Tippet" which was "only Tulle". She also gave us a description of the house of death, which was "A swelling of the ground, The roof was scarcely visible, The Cornice in the ground". Yet Whitman used more descriptions in his poem.

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  22. A Biographical Analysis of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    When a reader examines �the Rime,� the piece first appears to be merely that of an archaic ghost story. Throughout the years though, many have analyzed the poem from various angles of interpretation. Some of the methods used to decipher �The Rime� have included reader-response, Marxist, new historicism, psychoanalytic, and even deconstruction analysis. While each of these alternatives provides an individualistic prospective on the poem, they are all somewhat different, and can even be objective at times depending on the reader in question. While �The Rime� may have been constructed to address slavery, the economy, or even morality, it can also be greatly appreciated when looked at in terms of content and the life of its author.

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  23. Tuesday with Morrie

    Fourteen weeks after the beginning of the project, Morrie dies, leaving to the world the example of his courage and positive attitude toward life and death. Evaluation The major conflict of the book occurs when Morrie is led to accept his impending death from ALS and is visited each Tuesday by his former student, Mitch, who has become disillusioned by the popular culture. Thus the acceptance of death, the need of others, and the rejection of popular culture are likely to be the three main themes giving a moral sense to the story.

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  24. Endgame and Act Without Words

    On the other hand, we also learn that he withheld light from someone named Mother Pegg, who died of darkness. Compounding this is Hamm's blindness; he has been cursed with darkness (50-56), and he wants others to share the same depressing and miserable fate. When he polishes his dark glasses (41- 45), it is a futile routine of equal parts poignancy, resentment and bitterness. Indeed, Hamm's routines are all futile (38, 44). As in many of Beckett's plays, routines are what humans perform to convince themselves that death is not imminent, that each day is the same.

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  25. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

    Then one awful day when the sun was setting I got my crossbow and did shoot the albatross. The crew was so angry and cross with me that they cursed me saying how I dare to have shoot the albatross. From then on we lost our fortune and a great and terrible mist or fog came upon us but just few days later the mist was gone and the crew were telling me that it was a good thing to have killed the albatross. Then everything was getting bad we were running very low on water until just yesterday when it all was gone, oh the torture how there is water all around us but not a drop to drink.

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