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    Gunga Din Analysis

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    If Gunga Din was not as loyal to the soldiers as he was, then he would not have risked his life to save the poetic voice, for which the poetic voice is grateful. The author seeks to demonstrate that all people have a purpose to help others and that the quality of your actions is far more important than your skin colour, rank, ethnic beliefs or anything that makes up your individuality. On the other hand, maybe Gunga Din is not so loyal, maybe all he is there for is the money.

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    How Mise -en - scene creates meaning in Gladiator.

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    music in this scene is an example of parallel sound where the music you hear is reflecting the narrative and what's going on within the scene, I believe that the build up of music would be similar to the warriors heart beat, getting faster and faster as the battle draws closer. I feel that the music is portraying them as heroes at this point. The music is drowned out by the clunking of weapons at certain points leading up to the battle.

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  3. How do the poets of After Blenheim by Robert Southey and The Hyenas written by Rudyard Kipling show their true feelings about war?

    He describes how when he is farming or working on the land with his ploughshares, he usually finds quite a few skulls from that 'great victory', the skulls of many thousands of men who died fighting for their country. This phrase is used to justify the battle at the end of most stanzas as the poet talks about people not knowing what the war was about, innocent people dying and many bodies lying in the sun, but all of these are okay because it was for the 'great victory'.

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  4. Explore the ways in which the poets communicate ideas of duty and honour in Charge of the Light Brigade and Vita Lampada

    For example, the first stanza deals with a cricket match. Cricket is considered to be a noble and honourable game played by gentlemen. In the game, the eleven players go into bat against the opposition, with each dismissed player being replaced by another until their last man is in. In other words, they keep the battle going until the last man falls. Each team member has a contribution to make to the overall team result, be it a win or a loss. Each member plays honourably, by the rules, and plays for the good of his team.

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  5. Compare and contrast The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy and the The Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    His poem dealt with a range of themes. Most of his poems celebrated war and shows in the whole pile of poems (The Charge of the light brigade is one of them) that dying for your country is honourable. The cavalry was given the wrong order my mistake and as they charged towards the Russians cannons they were cut down. We sense that Tennyson believed that we should celebrate and honour the brave men that gave up their life during the event but we also feel the horror and sadness of war.

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  6. War Poems

    There are several features of the language which help the reader get used to the poem. Firstly, the poem has a very regular metre that matches the soldiers marching in sync and rhythm. Another point is the regular rhyme scheme fitting in with the soldiers repeating their actions and doing the same thing all the time. The repetition is mildly hypnotic for the soldiers as the marching is supposed to push them into a fighting mood but with simple movements, the writer evidently thought that York had small limits and couldn't change their simplicity. A further aspect is the total omission of blood, suffering, pain, fighting and authenticity of war and battle.

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  7. The Charge of the Light Brigade Analysis

    Calling it "the valley of Death" at such an early part of the poem hints at the outcome of the charge, saying that many will die. The order 'Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!' he said: directly proceeds "Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred", this tells us that there was not a moment's hesitation by any of the troops about charging into The Valley of Death. The valley of Death alludes to the 23rd Psalm (The psalm of David)

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  8. Analyse the techniques and literary devices used by the author in "Charge of the Light Brigade"

    Tennyson also wrote a few plays before he died on 6th October 1892 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. The poem is written in 6 stanzas, which each contain a varied number of lines. Every stanza describes a different part of the battle with a balance of both nobility and brutality throughout the poem. Although Tennyson subject of the story is patriotism and nobility and the poem's tone is exciting and inspiring, it heavily describes the horror of war: "Cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right of them, cannon in front of them, volley'd and thunder'd".

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  9. Compare and contrast how the poets convey their attitudes to war

    Although Tennyson's subject of the story is patriotism and the poem's tone is exciting and inspiring, it heavily describes the horror of war, "Cannon to the left of them, cannon to the right of them, cannon in front of them, volley'd and thunder'd". This changes the tone of the story, which the poet emphasises with "Mouth of h**l" and "Valley of death" being repeated in each stanza. These words are strong and make the reader feel as though the battle was horrific.

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  10. War Poetry GCSE

    Technology advances may be to blame for the change in opinion. Instead of fighting with swords which are a brutal accessories for war along with the most basic of guns, soldiers in Owens era had to battle using the even more brutal means, such as mustard gas which would cause its victim to 'cough to death' and was unbearable for the victim their self and just as much, their comrades who would have to witness their friend die in such horrific means with no control over their fate.

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  11. Attitudes towards War - "The Man He Killed", "The Drum" & "The Volunteer"

    He joined the infantry because he was just an ordinary man, he felt no attitude to going to war, but after shooting this man he feels different about war as in the last stanza he says "quaint and curious war is" which shows he has changed from having no feelings for war to feeling that war is now strange to him. The poet uses irony here to describe how war is horrific rather than something ordinary. The rhyme scheme of this poem is in ABAB, which is a very simple scheme, which shows that he is an ordinary man with an uncomplicated view of war.

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  12. The red room

    The narrator comes across as a very confident and boastful character, we know this by the quote "it will take a very tangible ghost to scare me." The narrator deliberately does this on purpose to set him up to then knock him down later on it the story. The narrator does a very good job of describing the old people, for example "his decaying yellow teeth." This puts a very clear picture into the readers head, it also has you think that the old people are worthless, deformed, wrinkled, withered old people.

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  13. Book Review: First Day on the Somme

    His first point of order is the men and the makeup of the British army. This was the first large attack that Lord Kitchner's new army had been a part of and Middlebrook compares and contrasts this new army against the Regulars and Territorials that had handled the mass of the fighting until this point. Middlebrook looks closely at the chain of command and how men operated within that system. He proposes that ineffective communication, partially cause by the inefficient chain of command system, was a powerful factor leading to the great losses suffered that day.

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    The Charge Of The Light Brigade Compared to After Blenheim

    The lack of doctors and nurses let to the deaths of many more men. The British Media told the country that the battle had been won to make them feel safe. Alfred Lord Tennyson give a real senses of being in the battle, hearing the guns and the horses screaming with his fast pace and repetition he repeats "Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them" Making you feel surrounded by these cannons, you fell like you are one of the soldiers charging at the enemy ranks.

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  15. How did the Romans View the Britons and the conquest?

    to my country and focused on the conquest of the Romans- and take up a more relaxed job, possibly as a farmer. The pay as a farmer will be far superior to how it is for me at the moment, solely because I have to pay for all my armour and meals, without any choice of our own. It seems extremely unfair that we have to suffer when it's us who is serving our country, but I have no choice in the matter.

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  16. charge of the light brigade essay

    The poem suggests that it is these moments before the battle has begun that are the Brigade's greatest glory. No sooner does line 9 repeat the shouted command that sends the Light Brigade to their doom than line 10 makes the reader wonder whether any of the soldiers were stricken with fear upon hearing the command. Although we currently closely associate the word "dismay" with "shock," its actual meaning includes a loss of courage. By raising this issue as a question and then answering that no, there was no fear, Tennyson gives the reader a moment's pause to let the full extent of the soldiers' bravery sink in.

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  17. deliverance and disaster

    This source, is a primary source. Anybody with his status would have had an incredibly superior awareness of the army's plans and would have had a first hand outlook on what was going on. Furthermore the source is providing us with a more realistic notion of what ensued as it is not saying that the British were unflustered by the state of affairs. He is not only acknowledging that the British were suffering, but also revealing it to everyone, which would have been a very risky strategy unless it was in a diary, the is no value in being deceitful in a diary.

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  18. This essay would be examining the methods through which the British won the Battle of Britain, through the use of radar and the careful use their fighter planes. It

    Contrary to his belief the British were resistant and rejected his surrender terms. Following this Seel�we, Operation Sea-Lion, was established in which the Germans were going to take out the British Air Force and then if it succeeded subsequently proceed with an invasion through the English Channel. Numerically the RAF was at a disadvantage, but with careful management and technique, they were still able to frustrate the Luftwaffe. A plan was hatched to directly attack the RAF airfields and aircraft production centers, Hermann G�ring called his plans Adlerangriff (Eagle Attack), beginning on August 11 with Adlertag (Eagle Day), but even before this there was to be a month of attacks on Channel convoys and the RAF out over the water.

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  19. A Comparison of Poems The Charge of the light brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The destruction of Sennacherib" by Lord Byron, The Drum by Lord John Scott.

    The soldiers bravely followed orders without question. "Theirs not to make a reply, Theirs not to reason why," The third verse also uses repetition. "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them" The repetition is used because it stresses how vulnerable the men are to the Russians. They were surrounded in a "valley of death" with the guns of the enemy surrounding them. Onomatopoeic words like "Volleyed" and "Thundered" are used.

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  20. How Reliable is the 1916 film of The Battle of the Somme? Geoffrey Malins (1886-1940) was one of two official British photographers assigned to the Western Front

    The film's main aim was too ensure the British back home that the British were doing well. If they did not achieve this aim the British public and many people throughout Europe would try to stop war and this is something the government did not want to happen. One of the main key messages in the film was that the British were the better side, this was shown by British helping injured German soldiers, giving German's cigarettes and even when caught the German prisoners looked happy.

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  21. The Battle Of Hastings was in the year 1066, in the medieval times.The battle took place at the south Coast of the United Kingdom

    In this Essay about the Battle Of Hastings, I am going to give all f the detailed reasons why William Of Normandy won and why Harold Godwinson lost the Battle Of Hastings!!!!! How Well William Was Prepared During the battle of Hastings, William was quite prepared to go to war with Harold Godwinson, apart from when the wind changed, other than that, he was prepared and had his army fully trained to go to war with him. There were many good points and bad points about Williams's preparations such as: * William had assembled a great army of his and had very good weapons to kill Harold Godwinson's army.

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  22. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT SOURCES I & J DIFFER ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME? Sources I and J are both written by Lloyd George, the first when he was 'Secretary for War'

    Source I was written a good few weeks into the Battle of the Somme and so it would have been apparent that the battle was going quite to plan, so I find it quite surprising how a very much internal letter is so complimentary of the way the battle is going. There are a few possible reasons for this, perhaps that George had the same mentality as Haig and thinks every metre gained is a metre closure to victory ignoring the human cost to get the metre of land in the first place, and basically accepted a war of attrition as the most successful tactic.

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  23. "Assess the importance of Britain's contribution to the defeat of Germany in WWI"

    The main tactics used were to just let the tank roll forward and just surprise the enemy. The psychological impact of the tank was enormous as it shocked the Germans extremely, as they saw these weird armored cars rolling towards them. One of the main strengths of the tank was the great interest the media had in it. Also the government was interested in the tank as it boosted the morale of the people. After the battle stories about the 32 tanks that had fought in the battle.

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  24. "With reference to the chosen sequence from the Gladiator, write an analysis which focuses upon how editing, cinematography, and sound create meaning and generate response within the audience"

    The title of the film is Gladiator, from this the viewer would expect the film to be set in Rome, but these features are put together to highlight that the setting is not in Rome. The desert and Middle Eastern music are not typical features of Rome. The props and setting also convey the genre of the film. The genre is a historical adventure and although the scene is not set in Rome there are features such as the coliseum and chariots which suggest to the audience that the film is set in that particular time period. The props i.e.

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  25. Compare and contrast "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Henry V's speech at Harfleur by William Shakespeare.

    The first contrast I can see is that they were written about different wars. The Charge of the Light Brigade was where soldiers were going to fight at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, responding to a mistaken command. This poem was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson after the war. Whereas in Henry V the soldiers were going back to fight the French at Harfleur. This was spoken out loud to inspire the English soldiers to go back into battle.

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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