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  1. Brave New World

    'And if anything should go wrong, there's always soma'. However, it is important to consider that do they really know what happiness really is? If they are ignorant of passion they cannot feel deeply as we do. Another value at the heart of Brave New World is consumerism- the gratification of desires or appetites. This is a world that suppresses initiative and everything we hold sacred in place for consumer values. If consumption is 'happiness', Mond refers to the other value, therefore stability. From Mond's point of view, 'Happiness and stability depend on each other'.

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  2. Brave New World Essay

    'How and why?' you ask. Everyone is happy in Brave New World; everyone is satisfied. There will be no more thoughts of envy or jealously, no more feelings of disappointment or sadness, just happiness and contentment. Citizens of our world are conditioned to be satisfied with their rank and class. Due to this, conflicts will be avoided and thus, fighting and war will be a thing of the past. What is one of the main things people fear? The answer: Old age. In your world, it is considered normal to see old citizens walking down the street with hunched backs, rotting teeth and vulnerable to diseases.

    • Word count: 548
  3. John Proctor and Abigail Williams both show an amazing amount of bravery, valiant, and boldness. John

    Also that the only reason his wife was accused is because Abigail Williams, the leader of the accusers, had had an extra marital affair with John, and John said," She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave!" (p.106). By saying this he admits to committing lechery, which is punished by death. This is just one of the times when John is courageous and puts his life before his wife's. Soon after John is arrested for condemning the court, and for saying "I say-I say - God is dead" (p.115).

    • Word count: 782
  4. Don John says he is 'not a man of many words'. From Act 1 Scene 3 and Act 2 Scene 2,How far to you agree with this claim?

    This is when the idea of appearance and reality enters the scene as Don John says, 'I cannot hide what I am.' This suggests to the audience that every time he puts on a front, it hurts him more inside that he cannot be himself. The fact that Don John understands the idea of appearance and reality indicates that he is more knowledgeable than the others and is therefore able to manipulate the way people behave and think as well as his own words.

    • Word count: 877
  5. Hunter Trials' is a humorous poem written by renowned author John Betjemen

    The overall structure and vocabulary of the poem is uncomplicated and therefore adds interest and comedy to the text. The poem contains eight verses, each of which contain four lines. There is an apparent rhyming scheme of lines two and four, and one and three.

    • Word count: 251
  6. A Beautiful Mind

    John Nash attended Princeton University during the cold war. He was a very competitive and arrogant human being. Today Nash's theories influence global trade negotiations, and even breakthroughs in evolutionary biology. After marrying the love of his life Alicia, John is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The on set of his disease came about in as little as two weeks. The underlying point of this film was to give people a realistic view of what life is like for someone with this disease. John Nash would not have survived for as long as he has if it weren't for his loving and dedicated wife Alicia.

    • Word count: 622
  7. Daddy-Long-Legs - Blue Wednesday

    Distressing: causing great pain, sorrow or suffering. Anxiety: a nervous feeling & anxious. Laughter / sunny soul: people always look at the bright side of life. Numbed: having lost all physical feeling or the power to feel. Whirl of excitement: A change in her state of mind could only take place when a certain action or incident happens. Q3: What incident or action led to a possible change in her personality? Mood / Feelings Incident / Action Awful First Wednesday of every month when all orphans have to ensure every floor is spotless, every chair dustless and every bed without a wrinkle.

    • Word count: 946
  8. American Literature

    It was nothing but a small pole, hardly six inches off the ground; nevertheless, my heart pounded. As I approached the pole a million thoughts went through my head, but the most important was the last one, "I'm going to do this". John Quincy Adams was right; the obstacle in front of me disappeared when I found courage. As soon as I cleared the jump I was ecstatic and wanted nothing more than to do it again. Years later I was still advancing in my riding, finding new obstacles to overcome. I now jumped three feet rather than the miniscule inches I had been so nervous about a few years ago.

    • Word count: 573
  9. In what ways is Brave New World issuing a warning to its readers?

    The image Huxley displays is of a distressed society, a dark society with little enjoyment and even fewer emotions. In Huxley's world all recreational activities such as schooling or playing have been deleted from the human upbringing. This means no natural bonding or education, the form of education that is utilised is a form of hypnopaedia, this means reciting information to children then requesting their repetition. However this form of education is very ineffective. Besides tight lines in education the borders in society itself are very strict, the groups of humans such as Alphas and Betas are bonding and reproducing in their groups not with other human forms, contact with the outside world is strictly regulated and when Lenina has a relationship with John (someone who was born naturally)

    • Word count: 790
  10. How does Athol Fugard present personal and political conflict in the opening scene of the Island?

    These plays were against the law, because they were a form of rebellion, so if the actors and audience were caught they would be severely punished. The setting and staging are presented in different ways to show the isolation and confinement in the cell. Fugard does this by the centre of the stage being raised to represent a cell on Robben Island. In the cell everything is neat and tidy, blankets are all folded and this is because mess would take up more room.

    • Word count: 731
  11. Why was Rochester castle under siege in 1215?

    At first this went well for John and captured many of his enemies, including Arthur of Brittany. After the death of Arthur of Brittany, the war started to go badly for John and in 1204 he was forced to retreat back to England. Just like his father, Henry II John didn't get along with the church leaders and argued about how much power the King had over the church. It was unfortunate for John at the time that the Pope was strong-minded and thought that Kings should do as he told them. When the death of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury arose, King John and the Pope argued about who should get the job next.

    • Word count: 969
  12. How would you perform the role of 'either' Audrey 'or' John in Scene 16? You will need to refer to what acting techniques you would use and how you would want your audience to respond to your performance.

    I'd start in the huddle but then I would get John to push me out after I say "You sure?" as this shows me having low status to the rest as I'm more concerned than the rest and so John would push me out as I'm getting too clingy. Then on my third line "what'll they do to him?" Id look at the rest of gang over my shoulder with a sadistic look and a evil grin, to show my feelings that I like fear and that I am not a true girly girl but I'm a tom boy and I like fear and blood.

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  13. “The Green Mile” - summary.

    Paul and his fellow guards would want to get ride of him, but Percy has highly placed connections and cannot be transferred until he submits a request. He is there to conflict throughout the scene of the novel. Secondly, the sociopath killer is William "Wild Bill" Wharton, described as a cruel, violent, and a crazy person. He torments the other prisoners and the guards, and threatens to undermine Paul's efforts at maintaining a calm environment. More interesting is the arrival of the new prisoner, John Coffey, a seemingly simple-minded, African-American man convicted of the rape and murder of two young white girls.

    • Word count: 804
  14. Factfile of John Metcalf.

    So he sold his wagon and began thirty years of road building. There were many problems like boggy land. He surveyed the land him self. Many special tools were used to help him to build his road like the viameter, which was used to measure the distances he was able to read this by touch. He constructed a total of about 180 miles and the estimated the cost to at least �65000.

    • Word count: 561
  15. A Story from Family History.

    This was because it was the only way they could think of to improve their living standards. People in the 1950's were still poor and there were no vaccinations yet. Even if there were, it is very unlikely that they can afford the medication, vaccination or even a medical consultation. Therefore, they needed more children to support the family by working and earning money, as it was likely that the children would die at a young age. However, as time went by, the British started to develop the city and the villagers discovered a second way to make their lives easier.

    • Word count: 981
  16. Brave New World - summary.

    He does not belong. One does not find fault with one's world unless one's world finds fault with one. Bernard had reason to find fault with the World State because he was ostracised, and therefore, unhappy. When he later had fame and popularity because of John, he forgot all that he had previously found so inadequate about his life. "Success went fizzily to Bernard's head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as any good intoxicant should do) to a world, which, up till then, he had found very unsatisfactory.

    • Word count: 878
  17. Unman, Wittering and Zigo - If you were directing Scene Three, what directions would you give to the characters involved?

    As well as dealing with his class, John encounters Cary, a fellow teacher whom he goes drinking with. He finds it hard to come to terms with Cary's attitudes to the modern world and regularly confides his doubts to Cary. John also finds it hard to live up to the everlasting demands of his wife Nadia. Scene Three is quite possibly the most important in this play, as it leads on to a lot of the event throughout the rest of the play. This is also the scene where John finds out that his class claim to of murdered Mr.

    • Word count: 682
  18. Snake in the grass.

    The room that they are standing in used to be the boardroom for the managers of the forge. "No!" insisted Becca, "We lost two people on the last job we don't want any more friends killed." Becca walked out of the room and left the forge. She slithered into her Lotus and sped off. Becca turned onto Frenchay Road and a police car pulled up behind her. She climbed out of her car. "What seems to be the problem?" "You are arrested on suspicion of theft!"

    • Word count: 676
  19. "Is John Really Free compared to Brave New World Citizens?"

    The Brave New World is a place of forced, perpetual conditioning aimed at making people feel a certain way, or changing, and alternating the way people already think, and feel, therefore clearly keeping them bound to a relatively narrow minded life. Citizens of the Brave New World are not only kept from knowing, but they're also made to not want to know or care. They are predestined and given a caste as soon as they are decanted giving them absolutely no choices at all, and the complete lack of ability to be free to make any decisions.

    • Word count: 813
  20. Ladies and Gentlemen: I am here today to talk about a writer, philosopher and person; Iris Murdoch.

    Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin. Her mother was Irish, and had trained as an opera singer. Will John Hughes Murdoch, her father, was an English civil servant. The family moved to London, where Murdoch grew up in the western suburbs of Hammersmith and Chiswick. She studied classics, ancient history, and philosophy at Somerville College, in Oxford. During World War II she was an active member of the Communist Party. From 1938 to 1942 she worked at the Treasury as an assistant principal, and then for the United Nations relief organisation UNNRA (1944-46) in Austria and Belgium. After a year without a job in London, She took up a postgraduate studentship in philosophy.

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  21. Why do most scholars thinks that the author was one of the 12? - The Fourth Gospel 'according to John'.

    Another example is in John 3:24 when it says: 'This was before John was put into prison' This shows that writer remembering something that had happened, almost reminiscing about the events that had taken place. This further strengthens the case for the author being there at the time and may have been one of the 12. This was also stated by the scholar Tyler who thought that because of the eyewitness indications it must be one of the 12. Fenton also thought this and he referred to John 1:14, where it says: 'And the world became flesh and dwelt among

    • Word count: 872
  22. 1 years later, the aftermath of 'the shooting', based on a true story.

    It was amazingly powerful though; it could easily break glass at close range, and smash windows. This gun was a Desert Eagle. The bullets it fired went so fast, that you only saw them once they'd hit something. He had also brought another BB gun, except this one was a semi-automatic M16 sub-machine gun. It could unload a whole magazine of these little round, coloured pellets in a matter of seconds. Another boy, Herbert Jenkins, picked up this gun, and without any caution, shouted at me across the form room, "You'd better run Abhishek," He smiled menacingly, pointing this M16 gun at me.

    • Word count: 759
  23. Descriptive writing.

    He was a walking truck who in his spare time liked to play professional Rugby and eat babies. Instinct told me that he would be fighting by the end of the night. I asked a few questions to my fellow colleagues and friends about who this gigantic fighting machine was, in return I got answers like "don't do it Reg", "he's a legend on the pitch and in the ring", "he's the man that can't be knocked out!" This just made me want him even more. He stood at the bar like he had paid rent. He had a few of his mates around him that were also massive and equally ugly but he made them look like skinny little excuses for men.

    • Word count: 725
  24. Show how the relationship between Lorraine, John and Mr. Pignati changed throughout the novel "The Pigman" by Zindel.

    He made up a story that he was part of a charity and asked Mr. Pignati if he would like to donate some money. Mr. Pignati agreed to donate and gave John his home address so he could go and collect the money. John, being immature, persuaded his best friend Lorraine, to go with him to get the money. He was being very selfish because Mr. Pignati is an old and friendly man who just needs a friend. This is because he is lonely.

    • Word count: 982
  25. Life inside

    I ended up in court in front of an all white jury and a white judge. I knew I had no chance even though I was innocent. With no evidence except for a witness saying that the robber was black I was sent down for life not just for the robbery but for the killing of the two cashiers as well. My first sight of the prison was when the jail bus pulled up outside with the convicts and I inside. I stepped out of the bus and seen a big scary place with fences and barbed wire all around.

    • Word count: 743

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • The Crucible: To what extent is John and Elizabeth's relationship the main focus of the play?

    "My conclusion is that I definitely think John and Elizabeth's relation ship was the main focus of the play, we can see how their relation ship changes from Act 2 when they are arguing with each other, to Act 3 when Elizabeth tells the only lie she has ever told in her life to defend John in court, to Act 4 when eventually they forgive each other. We see how first of all Elizabeth holds the fact that John committed adultery against him, and then, throughout the play, she manages to see the good in him and defends him, and eventually forgives him. We see how John is ashamed to admit his sin but then he admits it, and is man enough to take the punishment and die an honest man. I think Abigail's role is equally as important as John's and Elizabeth's as she is the villain of the play and I think that Arthur Miller has linked his play to McCarthyism to show that even though two hundred years have passed, not very much in the political side of things, has changed."

  • I am going to discuss the portrayal of men and masculinity in two Scottish plays I have studied. The plays are 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stewart' and 'Perfect Days' by Liz Lochead.

    "In conclusion the portrayal of men and masculinity in two Scottish plays that I have studied are that they completely dominate the society. They are selfish self-absorbed characters. In "Men Should Weep" this is portrayed through John a very self-absorbed character. I think the writer's purpose was to show how bad the conditions were that people use to live in and some people still do. In "Perfect Days" the men are portrayed to be very stupid and weak characters. I feel that the writer's purpose was to show that women can cope without men."

  • Compare Aldous Huxley's and John Wyndham's visions of society in 'Brave New World' and 'The Day of the Triffids'.

    "Therefore the conclusion that I come to is, that both John Wyndham's and Aldous Huxley's views of the future are very different. Huxley says that there is no hope for the future, that the human race shall be totally controlled by what one man desires. The human race shall become monotonous machines which will not ever have the power of free will. This however is what distinguishes man from machines, therefore making the plight for man pathetic and ironic. John Wyndham's however says that yes Man will help to cause its self a catastrophe but there is hope for Man in the end because he on the whole is good. Theodora Birch English Coursework"

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