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  1. 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
  2. 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'.

    • Word count: 1798
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. Meeting New People.

    They all asked "A.s.l please?" What's a.s.l? I thought to myself, but after asking it became clear that it stood for age, sex, and location. Then they started asking me question after question until we both found something we had in common to talk about. I was talking to a mixture of people until I had to log off because my dad wanted to make a phone call. Not having the best memory in the world, I added my new friend's names to a buddy list.

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  6. The Dare.

    They all looked very much the same. They all had short brown hair and were quite tall but well built. They all had the same interests and hobbies and were alike in every way. This helped them of course to share the ambition of doing and achieving the dares. Every dare they did made them feel more confident about doing more and because nothing bad had ever happened to them before it didn't occur to them that it could happen one day.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Last night we ran around the city, armed with lipstick, compacts, tiny bags and a map, just like fifteen year olds.

    I couldn't tell the doctor of my troubled passed and current problems, he wouldn't understand. My childhood had been lonely, I didn't have a father, he had left my mother when I was 2 years old. My mother never spoke about him; I had once asked her 'Mummy what was daddy like?' I soon realised it was a subject off limits in the household. My mother became an alcoholic and lost custody of me when I was 11 years old.

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  11. 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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  12. 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!"

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  13. 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.

    • Word count: 1821
  14. 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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  15. Dear diary.

    Well the guy I was with was called David, Tania was with Aaron and Elaine was with Tony. We had so much fun; David kept stroking my leg under the table and whispering really cute stuff to me. We were having a great time and the guys seemed really pleasant. After we had all become a bit bored with the surroundings John suggested that we all go back to his house since his parents were away for the weekend. Now all of us were a bit hesitant to go with a bunch of boys to a house outside of our familiar hang out area, without our parent's knowledge but we decided to go despite our negative gut feelings.

    • Word count: 1946
  16. Describe the defensive features of Rochester Castle before 1215.

    After crossing the river there was a massive wall, to climb to actually get only into the Bailey. Attackers would need ladders to climb over the wall, however they couldn't carry them over the river, as they would sink their boats. On the other side of the Bailey was the famous ditch. This ditch would have been a 'U' shape in medieval times, which would mean it would have been a lot steeper than what it is today. This has happened because over time the ditch eroded and has become just a gradual gentle slope. Because the Ditch was so deep, attackers couldn't bring heavy items, as when you had to climb up the other side and with heavy objects you could say attackers had no chance.

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  17. In the context of its time, Brave New World can be seen as an expression of the beliefs and concerns shared by the people of the 1930's.

    In Spain, many attempts at fascism were made while Benito Mussolini ensured a totalitarian regime in Italy. In early 1930-1 Japan's liberal regime gave way to a nationalist one while in the Soviet Union, Stalin and later Lenin supported a fascist regime with use of force and coercion to the populace. In Germany, the Nazi's were working towards a single, undivided people's community (Volksgeminschage) with a firm belief in solidarity, conformity and uniformity. The nazi's were obedient to their order-giving elite paralleling immensely the brave new worlder's, "Sane men, obedient men, stable in contentment" (Aldous Huxley 1994 'Brave New World' Flamingo press, pg 37).

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  18. Searching for Identity Through the Past.

    Gabriel had turned to God and the church since his mother's death. Before being part of the church, Gabriel was a wild-child. He was twenty-two when he went through his rebirth. Gabriel married a woman, Deborah, who had been defiled, after a powerful dream from the Lord. After cheating once on Deborah with a woman named Esther, he continued this affair for nine days. The result of this affair was a son whom Esther named Royal just to spite Gabriel and his dream of a royal blood-line.

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  19. 'The Crucible' is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953.

    The fear of John Proctor is not only felt in Mary Warren, as the feelings of Mercy Lewis are shown as "afraid, but strangely titillated", showing that John could be feared by many members of the Salem community, and the way that Mercy Lewis calls John by Mr. Proctor signifies the level of respect for him from the younger generation, showing that they do not want to anger him with insolence. John's mood seems to be lifted by Abigail. He is less lenient with her and it is quite clear that he has feelings for her.

    • Word count: 1884
  20. Case study of a child with Autism.

    This was obviously a source of concern in itself: but at about this time his parents became concerned about the extreme of his independence. For example, even if he fell down, he would not come to his parents to show them he had hurt him self. At times they even felt he was uninterested in them, because he never became upset when his mother had to go out and leave him with a friend or relative. In fact, he seemed to be more interested in playing with his bricks than spending time with people.

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  21. 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."

    • Word count: 3191
  22. Financial advice to a business customer on a new range of products.

    To find out what Smith cars earns and loses o have done a profit and loss account to see what available funds John has to spend on a new fleet of cars. John pays interest on the leasing of the property where he runs the business. He also pays for car vaulting to ensure customer satisfaction. Profit and Loss account for John Smith for the year ended 31 December 2000 � � Sales 80,000 Opening stock (Jan 2000) 12,300 Purchases 15,000 27,300 Less closing stock 10,000 Cost of sales 17,300 Gross profit 62,700 Less overheads Administration 6,200 Wages 12,000 Rent

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  23. The Wait.

    a few weeks earlier, which now seemed a distant memory to him, as he lay there, captured, alone, in an Iraqi cell. Unexpectedly, an Iraqi guard switched on the light but the crackling, old light bulb hardly made a difference to the light level in the seven by three foot cell. The cell was cramped and dirty, like it hadn't been cleaned for years. There were still stains of dried blood, probably of another victim of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime.

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  24. Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World.

    The very act of crossing oneself with a T over the stomach, as opposed to the heart, implies that the act is performed in homage to greed and desire. Another seemingly religious act is the usage of the word "Ford." As with the T, the word "Ford" is connected to Henry Ford and is used as a term of expression or blasphemy. The word is used throughout the text in the exact same context that the old society uses "Lord" or "God."

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  25. Analysis of the Crucible, page 41-42.

    However it is clear that he has failed in his plan to either put a smile to her face or to impress her in any way as she answers very blandly to these comments, with short unenthusiastic responses like, 'It must be.' This idea of Elizabeth's small dry, lifeless manner of speech does not just relate to the quotation, above but to the whole pattern of her speech in the extract. This of course being the opposite to John's efforts, and subtle hints of his humour.

    • Word count: 1255

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