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  1. romeo and juliet

    Then as Mercutio steps in and challenges Tybalt to a duel in defence of Romeo, then Tybalt accepts and they fight for life. Why I find this part of the scene exciting and dramatic is because the friction is very high and you can feel the blood boiling on either side of the family. This then leads on to further conflict and death. Tybalt then sees Romeo and immediately starts insulting him within seconds of seeing him "Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford No better term than this, thou art a villain."

    • Word count: 846
  2. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

    As soon as the reader sets eyes on the chapter, they are greeted with the simple word of 'London'. Although this doesn't amount to much at first, at second glance it very powerful as it sets the scene for the novel, let alone the opening. It seems as if Dickens wants the reader to brace themselves for the explosion of descriptive language he uses to describe

    • Word count: 605
  3. Commentary - Hope

    Within 'Hope', a musical lexis is applied to the text, creating more intensity and dynamic description to the text. The reader is instinctively drawn towards the phonological side of the scene rather than the visual as they are able to hear 'that horrific scream crescendo dynamically'. Furthermore, this centres the reader's thoughts on the unanswered questions they may have and indirectly focuses on the insecure and dominant ways of today's society. The darkness described in the initial paragraph is another focal point in 'Hope', where it has been personified to an extent that it is 'on the prowl, tucking everything in'.

    • Word count: 671
  4. The London that Charles Dickens knew.

    In every direction, they were crowded paths of life, which were bustling with reeking bodies and grubby children. Hundreds of people were rushing around from place to place. Nobody was smiling even though it was three days before Christmas. All they had to look forward to was another long day of misery and, if they were lucky, an apple. I looked up to see a man sigh with unhappiness. His warm breath condensed in the crisp, bleak atmosphere. People passed me by, wearing nothing but torn, tattered rags. There were brown rags, black tatters, and stained pieces of material, wrapped tightly around the destitute people trying to keep warm.

    • Word count: 766
  5. Rosemary Dobson seems intent on presenting a view of life as bleak and generally uninteresting - Discuss

    As the central metaphor, the tiger symbolizes the poet's creativity and potential. However, such an image is expressed in a restricted way as the tiger is "behind the black bars of the page" which represents the poet's poetic inspirations that is also trapped under the fixed attitudes of society. Aside from the central image, the poet also uses a range of other images to enhance her concern. Images such as "sun" and "sky of stars" contrasts the "tiger" as the "sun" and the "stars" are free but the "tiger" is not. The image of the tiger's "unblinking eyes that stare into the gold heart of the sun" suggests that the poet is seeking for a way to freedom.

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  6. Commentary - 'Bleak House'

    In doing so, Dickens controls the reader in accepting its presence and learning to benefit from the thinner areas. Within 'Bleak house', Dickens employs a religious lexis, subtly drawing the reader's attention to themes of law and justice. 'Never can there come fog too thick.' Placing specific emphasis on the word 'never', this sermon-like way of communicating with the reader gives a solemn air to the sentence. Understanding this lexis, further draws our attention to how fog can hide crime, allow people to act invisibly leaving everything unseen, thus portraying a symbol of injustice. Dickens delves deeper into his biblical lexis by describing how the 'High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners' stands amidst the darkness of

    • Word count: 982
  7. The day is not far off when the poor will rise against the rich' (Limping Lucy in The Moonstone) - How do ONE OR TWO novels represent the point of view of lower class characters?

    Active in the 1830's and 40's, they attemtped to voice the political point of view of the lower orders. Certainly such a voice is largely excluded from those of Bleak House. Simply the state fails to represent the people that their job actually obiliges them to protect. The masses are merely a 'large number of supernumeracies, who are to be occassionally addressed, and relied upon for shouts and choruses, as on a theatrical stage' (BH 191). Social unrest lies latent in Bleak House and there are moments when it certainly appears viable the 'day is not far off' when the lower orders will take their revenge for this harsh and stifling oppression.

    • Word count: 4018
  8. Comparison and contrast of texts on London

    Wordsworth gives us a very tranquil, productive, beautiful and almost spiritual view of London with an inspirational intention. This peaceful impression of London contrasts heavily with the British Transport leaflet, which creates a busy, lively, near chaotic impression of London where there is "something for everyone" to do. Wordsworth describes everything as being still or asleep. "The very houses seem asleep; And all that might heart is lying still!" And "The beauty of the morning; silent and bare." This description differs largely to the impression we get from the British Transport leaflet which uses lots of active verbs to give the impression of movement i.e.

    • Word count: 1167
  9. Now read the opening chapter of ‘Bleak House’. Explore how Dickens creates a suitable ‘Bleak’ atmosphere by examining:· his description of London

    Beginning with London,we learn of the 'Implacable November weather' which instantly composes a dismal, unforgiving atmosphere. The weather cannot be appeased, soothed or satisfied or cannot be made quiet to a state of peace. The smoke: "lowering down from chimney pots" is: "making a soft black drizzle, mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun."

    • Word count: 370
  10. Bleak House. How does Dickens use language to explore this idea of fog all over London?

    Sentences must contain a verb and this one does not. However it still makes sense because it is a statement for the rest of the paragraph. Also this sentence only contains two words which make it really short. After this sentence comes a really long, five clause complex sentence. The sentence length here has a huge difference in comparison to the first. Dickens wrote it like this purposely so it gives the effect of the fog appearing suddenly, for him then to do the opposite and make the moment slow, long and reflective.

    • Word count: 443

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