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  1. 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
  2. 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."

    • Word count: 1361
  3. 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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  4. 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)

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  5. Jane Eyre- missing chapter

    I would help her clean the nursery of my own accord, just to try to fend off the boredom that threatened to ensnare me. I was glad for parts of my imprisonment were benefits; the distance from my cousins was a blessing I felt strongly. The relief at being away from them, John especially, was resonant; and if ever I was temped to journey into other parts of the house, the simple thought that I might contact one of them was enough to make me stay put.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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�a's Borderlands and Zora Neale Husrton's Mules and Men.

    • Word count: 3160
  8. Assess the theological influences on the development of John Wesley's thought.

    5 Tradition Wesley was very influenced by the theology of the early church Fathers for example Augustine and their liturgy, particularly in his understanding of the importance of Holy Communion as a means of grace. 6 His other theological emphasis gained from the early church Fathers is the idea of sanctification as growth in holiness. In many ways this was also an influence of the Catholic Church that still affected much of English Christianity, although this may not have been recognised by Wesley.

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  9. Criminal Law: John's liability

    The first is whether there is a deception. Section 15 (4) of the 1968 Theft Act states the definition of deception: 'any deception (whether deliberate or reckless) by words or conduct as to fact or law, including a deception as to the present intentions of the person using the deception or any other person'. This definition is applicable to section 16 of the 1968 Theft Act and all offences under the 1978 Theft Act. In this case, John does not actually make a statement to indicate that he had qualified.

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  10. What is the John Lewis Partnership?

    in the John Lewis has the same aim and corporate objective towards the company. According to Cole (1996), it is necessary to state the overall objective or purpose of the organization - its mission to the employees, and those that set out the organization's long term, strategic, and aims. Communication with its staff They strongly believe that the people who make the profit should also share the profit; they believe everyone is accountable in a successful and democratic business. Based on the statistic report on 2001- 2002, there are altogether 577000 partners in the John Lewis Company; last year, they received a profit included bonus which worth around 16% of their annual salary.

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  11. 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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  12. "For which two characters in 'Brave New World' do you feel most sympathy? Consider in your answer the part played by the society in which each character has been raised and the effect of that society's expectations and values upon the individual."

    That's why he's so stunted." So Bernard was made to feel different and the humiliation he felt was almost painful, which is known by these lines, P54 "Contact with members of the lower castes always reminded him painfully of this physical inadequacy." These next lines show more embarrassment that he feels, P54 "Each time he found himself looking on the level, instead of downward into a Delta's face, he felt humiliated." Bernard can be greatly pitied for his sense of insecurity and his blatant differences from everyone else.

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

    They don't use cars but use horse and carriages; they also don't use electric lamps but oil lamps to see in the dark. They stress the importance of the community and helping each other. There is an emphasis on traditional skills and old trades being used. Children's toys are made by hand from wood. In the barn raising scene we can see how men and boys of all ages take part in the work and the numbers compensate for the lack of modern equipment.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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.

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  17. "How do the directors of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and the Elephant Man convey to an audience that the central characters are outsiders in society?"

    As The Elephant Man film opens the music changes, creating an atmosphere of joy with traditional circus music. The camera pans across a sign 'FREAKS' before moving to show the extensive queue as the mass try to get to this 'alien.' The respective openings of these films, both immediately emphasize that the central characters are outsiders. If we now consider the secondary characters we see that they are also outsiders. Eliot is friendless, no father figure about, Mum to busy to notice and rejected by his siblings. Dr. Treaves is a more subtle in his outsider status. He is extraordinary in that he has befriended a thing, layers and layers below him in the cultural pyramid.

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  18. Essay on Conflicts in two short stories: "The Quartet" and "The Snob"

    In his mind his family is not worthy to meet Grace's wealthy family. Alice in "The Quartet" plays a childish attempt to display deniable sexual feelings with her old friend. She insinuates her husband's sexual ability, but she declines and radicalizes his intelligence. She insults him, although they are living together under the same roof. Protagonists in these stories chose suffering and pleasures over the truth, and forgot about the reality, because they couldn't face who they truly are. John in "The Snob" is a typical teen believing that the grass is greener on the other side, forgetting that people are only interested on who you are.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. “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
  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

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