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  1. "Community Stability Identity" and its Role in the World State

    According to Mustapha Mond, the Bokanovsky process is very essential to World State life, as he explained to John. "'I see that you don't like our Bokanovsky groups; but, I assure you, they're the foundation on what everything else is built. They're the gyroscopes that stabilizes the rocket plane of state on its unswerving course (222)." Neo-Pavlovian conditioning acclimatizes the citizens to like or dislike particular features of their surroundings. Through these three processes, each member of the community is perfectly happy with their surroundings and does not question their system.

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  2. Lucy went missing on Wednesday

    She grasped it clumsily in her thick gloves and read it. She wept. John, with an assistant, had tested the note for fingerprints himself, for that was one of his fields as a policeman. The only one he and his colleague could find was a fingerprint of John's. It must have got there when he had picked it up, his assistant thought. Nothing more was made of it. *** John wasn't very wealthy; though he had recently sold a lot of stock he had in some big companies. He was a smart man and could often be found making odds and ends on the stock market, working from home on his laptop.

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  3. Look at Abigail Williams relationship with John Proctor.

    Although it as been so long since the affair Abigail's feelings for John haven't diminished, and she wishes to rekindle the relationship they had, this can be seen when she says to John 'Give me a word, John. A soft word', from this we know Abigail hasn't got over John, and she is still in love with him. John reacts to this by trying to stop it,' No, no, Abby. That's done with'. Despite John obviously still having feelings for her he doesn't want to restart their affair.

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  4. Utopias in 1984 and Brave New World

    All books of the past have been banned, as 'our Ford' once said, "History is bunk." Novels of all kinds are not printed unless they are awarded government approval. With this, the ruling body is able to destroy another essential human right; freedom of expression. Through the control of these two essential freedoms, the freedom of thought and the freedom of expression, the rulers of this brave new world are able to ensure the complete control of the worlds' population.

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    Following her departure, there is more bitterness on the part of Bernard concerning his own inferiority. Lenina and Henry eat dinner, go on a soma-holiday, and see a concert of synthetic music. Later, they have sex. The next day is Bernard Marx's Solidarity Service Day. A group of men and women sing and take soma together, and it eventually turns into an "orgy-porgy". Lenina and Bernard go on a date. He tries to show her the ocean, and to express some of his subversive views to her, but she cries. She convinces him to take soma, and they go back to his rooms and have sex.

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  6. 1984 vs. Brave New World

    High spurts the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but a single outlet." (Huxley 41) The comparison to a wild jet is intended to demonstrate the inherent dangers in these activities. Many of the Brave New World's social norms are intended to 'save' its citizens from anything unpleasant through depriving them of the opportunity to miss anything overly pleasant. The society values, ACOMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY," (Huxley 1) supersede all else in a collective effort. Soma, the magical ultimate drug is what keeps the population from revolting.

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  7. On the 26th January I went to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to watch a production of Miss Saigon. To be honest, when I first read an outline of the story, I imagined it to be quite a dull experience. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this producti...

    The musical score is a mixture of soaring love ballads, heart-warming melodies, electrifying marches and more. Unforgettable songs such as "The Heat is On in Saigon," "Why God Why?" "The Last Night of the World," "The American Dream" and most of all "I Would Give My Life for You" where the child stood rigid throughout looking petrified. The story begins in 1975, backstage of a bar called Dreamland. The dancers are getting ready to go on stage. This is where we meet Kim.

    • Word count: 1274
  8. Destined To Die

    Fire fighters could not get to some particular places to put out the blazing, horrendous fires. So much looting was rapidly occurring. The mayor Jason Quinn got into contact with John: (head of geologist department- quake specialist) over the CB radio (all power had been lost, phones, electricity, water etc.) he distinguishly cried, "Mayday, Mayday, is anybody there?" John proceeded towards the CB radio slowly and wondered whether he should reply or not, it was his boss, the rest of john's team stared at him with great seriousness and conscientiousness. "I think you should answer that, it could be exceptionally important", Sadie conspicuated.

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  9. 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.

    Due to the way society was at this time it implied that women had to do as their husbands told them. Once women married they were their husband's property. Men in that day and age overruled women they were more powerful and a lot of women feared them for various reasons. Domestic abuse was a main reason for this fear. Although a lot of women were domestically abused it wasn't something they talked about. Mrs Bone one of the neighbours which are used as a vehicle to examine how men have a hold over women in the play is a victim of domestic abuse.

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  10. How does the director of "The Green Mile" arouse sympathy for the character of John Coffey?

    His colleagues include Brutus Howell (David Morse), Dean Stanton (Barry Pepper), and the sadistic Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison). One day, a giant black man by the name of John Coffey ("just like the drink, but not spelt the same") (played by Michael Clarke Duncan), is brought in, having been convicted for the murder of two young girls. Coffey has a gentle and peaceful disposition, not one that we would expect by a cold-blooded killer. When he performs some minor miracles, Paul Edgecomb starts to believe he might be innocent.

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  11. In Act IV Proctor says, "I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man." At the end of the play he goes to execution saying, "Now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor." What has made this change come about?

    There are many things that caused him to change at the end of the play. The conversation he has with his wife Elizabeth before he dies is a very important part of what made him change. Because of his affair with Abigail, their marriage was not as immutable as before and Elizabeth had not yet forgiven him for that. This made John guilty and troubled with himself for a long time. So when Elizabeth finally forgives him, John loses hold of his guilt and puts it behind him.

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  12. Discuss in detail, how you would play either Audrey or John in the selected scene. You will need to refer to voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, as well as to how your chosen character responds to others on stage.

    Angela is described to be everything that Audrey isn't, but she really wants to be just like Angela. In this scene, the five are very scared, and are huddling up to each other. If I were Audrey, I would be trying not to show I was scared, because she is more of a boy than Angela and does not care for dolls, or prams. I would be trying to show that I was brave. Audrey is trying to take interest in what the guards will do to the mysterious "him" if they catch him. If I was playing her, I would be very close to the boys, as if to be more on their side and more brave and boyish than Angela.

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  13. Examine the Character of Don John.

    This is why Don John adds excitement; tension; drama and a dark side. As Don John is a bastard child and wants to cause suffering to those who look down on him he feels he has a right to claim the legitimate heirs, therefore he's a threat. As a character don John is generally not thought that highly of. Beatrice strongly dislikes him as shown when she says, "How tartly that gentleman looks, I never can see him, but I am heart burned an hour after." Hero also finds him too serious. "He is of very melancholy disposition."

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  14. The Crucible: To what extent is John and Elizabeth's relationship the main focus of the play?

    Immediately John responds in defence of his wife "You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth!" We can see from this Act how John can't bear the fact that he committed such a terrible sin against his wife who he loves and cares for. In At 2, we learn more about John and Elizabeth's feelings towards each other. It begins with them having a civilised conversation, perhaps too civilised for a married couple, Elizabeth is keeping her answers short and blunt, for example; " That's well" and "It must be." John picks up on this, and asks Elizabeth if she is sad again.

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  15. Discuss the various ways in which Die Hard conforms to the conventions of Action Films. In your answer, you should analyse one sequence from the film in detail

    Yet this state of equilibrium is disrupted when a group of Russian terrorists led by Hans Gruber played by Alan Rickman, hijack the building and disturb the peace. But in true American hero style John McClane is there to save the day and his wife Holly McClane played by Bonnie Bedelia, in the restoration to a new state of equilibrium. Other narrative patterns which Die hard follows is the theory of Vladimir Propp in which he describes eight basic characters which outline every story ever told.

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  16. English coursework on

    I think she said that because they both were called Molly. Where was Mama anyway? Oh, I am so scared! I remember when Papa was talking about the secret hole; he said that if the Nazis came we would have to hide in it. I didn't know who the Nazis were, so I asked him, and I remember John laughed and called me "Stupid Zoe" like he always did. Dad scowled at John, telling him that I was not stupid just because I asked questions; he had said that I was very smart for my age, which made me blush with delight, and then smiled at me before telling me about the Nazis.

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  17. Original writting... A Horror story... Julie's worst nightmare.

    Mary started to screaming but her friends could not hear her. 'Please stop' said Mary. 'No ,if you scream again,I will kill you'said John. Mary screamed again. John grabed a knife and killed his own girlfriend. John hid the body quickly.John went downstairs like nothing happend. Mary's friends asked John 'where is Mary'?John told them she's dead. The girls did not believe it and started laughing. John replied'I am not joking,she is really dead, I killed her and you two are next'. The girls were quiet and afraid.then John started laughing and closed the front door.

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  18. Brave New World (Chapter Thirteen) - Consider how the interaction between the characters in this chapter shows the range of values that exist:a) In the 'Brave New World' society itself (Henry, Lenina, Fanny), and b) Between Lenina and John.

    It would seem Henry cares about Lenina but cannot determine the reason she is upset and so merely inquires whether or not she is ill. He then states some of his pre-learned hypnopaedia "'A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away'", which is usual in Brave New World when a character cannot think of a response. It becomes clear Lenina has feelings for John, though her thoughts are littered with unrelated issues, taking away the emphasis - "'John,' she murmured to herself, 'John...' Then 'My Ford,' she wondered, 'have I given this one its sleeping sickness injection or haven't I?'"

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  19. Analyse the linguistic and structural methods by which Huxley conveys the beliefs, practises and social issues raised in Chapter Three of Brave New World. Consider how he uses a variety of characters to show the ranges of social conformity.

    Characters such as Lenina make how similar most other characters are increasingly obvious. Idyllic language is also used when describing unpleasant subjects, which both shocks the reader and show how society differs, conveying lack of emotion. This is evident in this paragraph: "Outside, in the garden, it was playtime. Naked in the warm June sunshine, six or seven hundred little boys and girls...or squatting silently in twos or threes among the flowering shrubs". The fact that the language used here is so idyllic, and almost poetic, disturbs the reader, as the subject matter is so shocking.

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  20. About King John and his family.

    He ruled the land from England to Spain; John was his favourite son of course. King Henry II Eleanor of Aquitaine (d. 1204) Eleanor was Henry's wife, John's birth mother; she was thirty years old and just divorced from the king of France when she married King Henry. Imagine the scandal ~ Henry was only 19 years old. Their happiness together didn't last as you can imagine; she supported John's brothers when they rebelled against John's father, so when he found out he kept her under armed guards for the rest of his reign. He called her his 'hated queen'.

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  21. The Bank Robbery.

    John was a little shorter of about the same weight, but he had a shock of wild ginger hair quite out of control which just seemed to do its own thing no matter how often it was combed or gelled, he also had a mass of freckles on his face so many that it was difficult to tell were the freckles ended and the skin began. As is often the case John unfortunately had the proverbial bad temper, which so often accompanies red hair, he was extremely fiery both in complexion and in nature.

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  22. You have been asked to direct a radio production of Unman, Wittering & Zigo. Explore how you, as director, would convey the growing tensions and the changing relationships between John and the boys in Lower 5B.

    Moreover the Head tells Cary Farthingale (an art and third form French Master) to be John's mentor. Cary is not a good mentor because I know from the play that he drinks heavily. John is not told about Cary's condition and neither does the Head seem to care. In Unman, Wittering & Zigo, Giles Cooper is criticising the effects of authoritarian teaching. He isn't presenting a realistic classroom but showing how boys can be corrupted by the way they are taught. Chantrey School concentrates on teaching the boys to obey instructions. The register is used as a metaphor to show the boys as a pack or group.

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  23. How much sympathy does the character, John Proctor arouse in an audience and do we remain on his side when he decides to hang rather than confess?

    She is not ashamed of this fact, but is proud instead, 'a trill of expectant laughter escapes her, and she dares come closer, feverishly looking into his eyes.' As Proctor starts towards the door, 'she springs into his path.' She then says, 'give me a word, John. A soft word.' Abigail believes she can tempt him, as Elizabeth is a 'sickly wife'. Her dream is shattered when he replies, 'No, no, Abby. That's done with.' Abigail starts to become angry, and says things about Elizabeth, 'She is a cold, snivelling woman, and you bend to her!'

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

    The book was written in a devastated World-Post Hitler and post Second World War, where the complete absence of any infrastructure throughout Europe had caused turmoil, displaced people and massive shortages. John Wyndham's view of the future is as dark as Huxley's. He sees the Triffids as the plant equivalent of the atom bomb created by humans, but unlike Huxley his view of the future encompasses hope. 'The Day of the Triffids' creates a sense of isolation and terror in a post-apocalyptic England where the surviving blinded populations are slowly being picked off one by one by the marauding Triffids.

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  25. Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    They arranged to meet up at his studio; they got talking and realised they had a lot in common so arranged to meet up again. Jennifer knew instantly that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. Being Catholic Jennifer is strongly against Euthanasia so this is the main reason for her not wanting Ken to die. She also loves him too much and is not affected by the trauma-she wants to stay with him because she loves him.

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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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