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  1. Throughout The Crucible the visual effects of the play indicate a lot about the character's personality

    Soon after this John refers to Abby as 'Child.' This is again showing his regret in having had an affair with her and shows that he thinks of Abby as nothing more than a child. The audience can see from this that John is not all perfect and good, he does make mistakes, but he still recognises them, will not do the same again and is prepared to move on. When talk of witchcraft sweeps the village, John shows his views on the case clearly, nurse Rebecca says that it is just 'children being children' and that they are acting for attention, John quickly agrees saying 'Aye, that's the truth of it Rebecca.'

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  2. Stories: Healing and Sharing

    They remember that they come from a world that existed before victimization. This revived history passes on truths from which the listener can draw strength. Narratives help people reclaim their past and present, giving them ownership of their lives and their world. The function of ownership allows the storyteller and all those who share in the story become owners of the past, as they are now able to assert their voices and define their experiences, rather than have their experiences defined from outside. My site, in which I will find these three functions, will be Gloria Anzald´┐Ża's Borderlands and Zora Neale Husrton's Mules and Men.

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  3. Comparisons and Contrasts of 1984 & Brave New World.

    This leaves no time for reflection or idle thought. History is neither recorded nor taught. The only focus is on the present and the future. Humans have no parents or siblings and don't get married. Sex between adults is for pure enjoyment with no emotional ties. In the future, you can have sex with whomever you want, whenever you want. Whenever human emotions attempt to surface, they take the drug `soma', which makes one feel happy and relieves worries. Bernard Marx, an Alpha Plus, is one of the main protagonists in the story.

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  4. The Elephant Man - film review.

    Treeves talks to one of his colleagues in the operating theatre about the elephant man as if he is an 'it' and not a real human being. Treeves makes some further enquiries about the elephant man around London, and he succeeds in trying to trace him from the help of a small boy, who then takes Treeves to meet the owner, Bytes. Treeves then pays Bytes to take him to see the elephant man where he is being kept, which we see is a desolate, small, dark room in the back of a building in a quiet alleyway.

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  5. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World presents a portrait of a society which is apparently a perfect world.

    Although all people were meant to respond identically without thinking, a few were made 'imperfectly' and did have personalities. These people violated the principles of technology and artificial personalities and consequently were sent away so as not to "contaminate" others. (This is similar to what happened to slaves during the United States Civil War. The educated slaves who knew what was wrong and had influence over others were sent away from the United States and back to Africa.) In order to maintain order in Brave New World, the Resident Controller must have complete authority over more than just the present; he must also have influence over the past.

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  6. Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible", discussing the two women, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor, and how they are absolute opposites.

    Elizabeth is often linked to coldness because she never shows these emotions, "It is winter in here yet." Even Elizabeth, at the end of the play, realises this, "It were a cold house I kept." Abigail, this young attractive girl, who is linked with heat and passion, still feels for John even 7-months after the affair has past. She is always trying to get John back no matter what. "I have a sense for heat, John." Abigail realises and understands what Elizabeth is like and believes John does not deserve this treatment and tries to tell John this, "You are no wintry man, John."

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  7. Treatment - Film review.

    She gets shocked and says, "I don't sell my body". Mr Abbas says "you got me all wrong; I am saying would you train few blind men to rob a bank" she gets shocked at this idea and refuses straight away. In order for her to say yes Mr Abbas kidnaps Star's little brother and asks her again. This time Star has no chose but to say yes. After Mr Abbas get everything sorted out with Star they precede on to next step of the plan choosing the right men for the job.

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  8. Book Review of 'Tornado Down'.

    Peters and Nichol, both feel bad about they way they crumbled under interrogation. They both felt like they had let the side down, even though the things they told the Iraqi's weren't top secret. Especially Peters felt this way, he was desperate to win the mental and psychological fight even if he couldn't win the physical fight, because he was tied up and blindfolded, but by giving in to the beatings to stop them, he felt he had lost. This happened to all the pilots who were captured in Iraq.

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  9. How does the film Witness show the clash between Amish culture and modern American culture?

    Their lifestyle is self-sufficient, with few modern conveniences available. They live very much in accordance with nature. To show as little arrogance and image obsession as possible they wear no garish clothes. They like to believe that they are "plain people". Males wear only dark suits, pastel coloured shirts, a straw or black broad-brimmed hat and dark footwear. Women of the community wear uncomplimentary full length dresses with long sleeves and high necks. They wear white caps and aprons in appropriate pastel colours. Any embellishment which appears to be distinctive is seen as vanity. They must not style their hair or use manipulative substances such as make-up, this is seen as an alteration of God's intention.

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  10. How does the film WITNESS show the clash between Amish culture and modern American culture?

    There is no noise, which is extremely dissimilar to American culture. The time and date is shown necessarily as the Amish give no indication of what time it could possibly be due to the fact that their appearance has not changed for decades. The language being spoken is German. This is an ancient language; therefore it seems fitting for the Amish to use it. It is a pleasant event as they are religious, believing that the deceased will have gone to a better place. The director shows this by their united front and ability to laugh and joke around despite the occasion.

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  11. Paying particular attention to two or more sequences, explore how successfully Costner has portrayed civilization and savagery in the video Dances with Wolves

    He is woken up suddenly by gun shots and the voices of the soldiers talking about what they are shouting at, the camera pans round to Spievey and he uses the terminology 'Bastard', the camera moves back to Dances with wolves you can see that one eye is still hurting from the beating, as his eye is still closed and his other eye is squinting because the sun is on his face. He still tries to see what the soldiers are shooting at.

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  12. Brave New World- Style and Technique Analysis

    This technique is shown when Huxley switches back and forth from the Savage Reservation to the brave new world. If Bernard Marx, an ?Alpha Plus?(Huxley, 14) in the brave new world, were to narrate this part in the novel, it would be focussed on self pity, and his unhappiness. Furthermore, it would no longer be deliberately focussed and thematically based on the replacement of humanity in the society. Additionally it would not give the impression of a thoughtless place in which no citizens have control. Thus, Huxley intentionally uses the technique of third person omniscient to ensure his novel remains unified and delivers his prediction. The utilization of irony is a key literary technique Huxley uses in his writing.

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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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