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  1. What cinematic techniques does Alfred Hitchcock use to convey suspense in the two key scenes in ‘Rebecca’?

    Max is stood in a dark room, preparing the projector, when his wife walks in. "You look very nice - for a change," comments Max in a very patronising way. Its strange why Max then explains to Mrs. Dewinter how there really is no need to be changed into a nice outfit, when he himself is wearing what seems to be a tuxedo or dinner suit. The two of them then sit down in the dark and watch their honeymoon footage which was taken by Max, because it you mainly see his new wife more than him.

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  2. The Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale - How does Chaucer’s portrait of Alison add to the interest of the poem?

    "Fair was this yonge wife," as she is only eighteen years of age. A lot of the description focuses on the way she is dressed. "A ceint she wered, barred all of silk, a barmecloth as white as morne milk." Her clothes are very beautiful and of fine quality, like her silk belt. Chaucer tells us that a lot of her clothes are white. "A barmecloth as white as morne milk," and "The tapes of hir white voluper," are examples of this. By this description Chaucer gives us the impression that she is a pure character, like an angel, very pretty and not a sinner.

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  3. Focus on “A wife in London” And “Dirge Of The Dead Sisters”

    As it quotes "she sits in the tourney vapour" this provides us with a atmosphere to go about as we can tell from this she is lonely and in a cold house, It also gives us the feeling she is very isolated and it is as if she is dying. "The street lamps glimmer Cold" this again symbolizes the weather as it is so cold they flicker cold. The word cold has been associated with here atmosphere a lot this can seem to make the atmosphere very depressing.

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  4. Solomon: World Class Ruler or Poor King?

    are proven to be common. Younger urges the reader to recognize the texts as a vehicle for political ideology. Younger also refutes the idea that the use of hyperbole denotes fallacy in the history of the writing: "Hyperbole is only really effective when there is an element of truth to its claim relative to its basis of comparison" (164). Younger explains that the accuracy of Solomon's reign is exaggerated so to serve political functions, as he compares it to a US politician proclaiming that the 'United States is the greatest economic force in the world' (160).

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  5. Discuss the significance of the traditions, beliefs and Culture in ‘Stench of Kerosene.’ How do they affect the Character’s actions and make them unhappy?

    Guleri went to this fair every year to see her parents. On the journey down to Chamba another point of unhappiness was occurring, as Guleri and Manak begin to argue about Guleri going to the traditional fair, " 'Why do you want to stop me this time?' she demanded." from this piece of speech we can see Guleri getting agitated and upset due to their argument. Though not directly linked, the tradition of having a fair is causing more unhappiness for the main characters. Guleri leaves her husband and goes to the annual fair.

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  6. How Does Chaucer Present The Wife Of Bath As A Woman Of Her Time?

    Indeed, the Wife's speech and behaviour, as well as her account of her history, appear to support the accusations of lechery and destructiveness made by anti-feminists. It appears that Chaucer is being ironic, in having the Wife defend herself against accusations, which her speech and behaviour prove. Chaucer's presentation of the Wife is not an effort to make us judge the degree of her sin. It is not moralistic: it is simply a presentation of an interesting character and her exciting escapades.

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  7. Discuss the sense of isolation and helplessness in ‘The Devils Carousel’ and ‘The Restraint of Beasts’.

    Likewise the anonymous narrator, although establishing a relationship with Tam and Richie is isolated, as he is foreman. The closest relationship is undoubtedly that of Tam and Richie who are at the same level on the workforce ladder, and therefore experience the same level of disrespect as employees. However even this leads to isolation, as they have almost become the same person, both physically and emotionally, despite Tam's aggressive claims that "we aren't married" even though the narrator mentions that they "spent more time together than married people" highlighting their union. They are almost a double act like Laurel and Hardy in 'The Devils Carousel' the authors present characters that cannot be imagined to work without one another portraying a sense of character originality being eliminated.

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  8. Character Analysis of the Pardoner

    None of his actions relate to his perceived moral principles, clerical status, or to the theme in his tale. The Pardoner spins a tale about how materialism leads humans astray; however, the Pardoner himself indulges extravagantly in materials. In the Pardoner?s Prologue claims, ?Radix malorum est cupiditas? (line 4). This translates into ?The roos of evil is desire? (1 Timothy 6:10). Right after he declares that he preaches against the desire for money, the Pardoner goes on to explain how he deceives people to earn money. He peddles many false relics and even claims that he desires to get money no matter the cost to those who give it.

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  9. Chaucer's Art of Characterization

    Thus, the entire portrait of the Franklin, is just an elaboration of single phrase ?Sanguine?. 2. Characterization by Physiognomy Similarly, the medieval poets usually described their character through their physiognomy, to expose their inner spiritual health. Chaucer has successfully employed this technique in the case of the Summoner. His. ?Fire red cherubim face?, ?Pimples?, ?Narrow eyes? and ?scabby black brows? reflect his inner spiritual corruption. Description through physical features is also employed in the case of The Wife of the Bath and The Prioress.

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  10. Comparison between The Prioress and Wife of Bath

    Strictly speaking, she should not have been on this pilgrimage at all because of her vows and the Prioress also keeps pet dogs and exposes her forehead which should have been veiled if I know nuns and the way they are supposed to dress correctly. On the other hand, the second woman pilgrim who is fully described in the Prologue belongs to the middleclass world of trade. In her occupation the Wife of Bath has done well and left other traders behind ? ? .

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