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Through the identification of the forms of language Lawrence used in Odour of Chrysanthemums, such as sentence structure, imagery, and vocabulary, I have attempted to duplicated his style and maintain the tone of the story
Suddenly the engine loomed past the house and came to a stop opposite the gate. From the metal carriage, appeared a ghost-like man, all blood appeared drained from his skeletal body, a burgundy briefcase was carried. She looked at the medium sized man, her father. His faded black hat, grey suit and pants reminded her of his polished dress sense. His hair was white like snow; his eyes were like rocks, cold and concentrated. The train driver signalled for departure. Seconds later the train whistled away into the distance from its stopping point, just one destination in a list of many.
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Write a study of the opening of D.H. Lawrence's short story 'Odour of Chrysanthemums'. Comment in detail on the way in which Lawrence's use of language creates a particular atmosphere and raises certain expectations.
The word 'odour' suggests a strong, bad smell but chrysanthemums are not scented. Only when chrysanthemums are dead do they give off a smell which is strong and pungent. This implies to the reader that something terrible will arise soon after. And the story starts with the locomotive 'clanking, stumbling', and moving clumsily and noisily. It sets the basis of the story (industry, machinery) which is antithesis with the title. This engine is shown as something negative and imposing since it is destroying the tranquillity of nature and taking over it.
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The term 'block' creates very strong imagery of the children being a large faceless meaningless mass, which she cannot and does not want to be part of. Ursula feels threatened by the children and Lawrence calling them a block makes them seem even more intimidating. Lawrence also uses military language when talking about the first appearance of Mr. Brunt. "Rapid firing" Lawrence uses this to describe Mr. Brunt asking questions as he approaches Ursula. This expression makes him sound very intimidating, and gives the image of his questions being as ruthless and harsh as gun fire.
- Word count: 790
The fields take on the mantle of personification when they are described as 'dreary and forsaken'. The literary devices employed in the depiction of the pit (the heart and life blood of the village) in the sentence "The pit-bank loomed up beyond the pond, flames like red sores licking its ashy sides in the afternoon's stagnant light," leave no doubt that Lawrence was describing the gates of hell itself. The assonance of 'flames like red sores licking its ashy sides' denotes the sinister hissing sound of the steamy hellish abyss.
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The second and third lines are a contrast to each other. The second line says that " The boys and the room in a colourless gloom." The classroom is described as a dark and gloomy place but " Bright ripples run." The second line gives a negative description of the gloomy classroom but the third line gives us a positive contrast for although the room is dark the boys are bright. " The Best Of School" gives us a sense of children growing which I felt was very optimistic and positive.
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Consider how effectively Elaine Gaston and Medbh McGuckian portray relationships in the poem "Seasoned" and "Arranmore".
The writer uses humour to show the extent the man was ready to exceed, to help people- "Delivered babies in toilets of country bars long after closing time" this is humorous because it is an out of average thing to happen. The father is also a strong man - "carries fully grown men down stairs in the middle of the night". The daughter feels this is something, which should be boosted about, she is proud of her father. Words such as "hauled" and "pulled" in the second verse are also words, which help describe the father's strength.
- Word count: 928
Focusing on Tickets please discuss the ways in which DH Lawrence presents feminine strength and power.
This links with the theme of role reversal between men and women within D H Lawrence's other stories. The first time Annie is mentioned, she is described as having a certain wild romance in her "sturdy bosom". From the start, we can see that she has physical strength as well as being head strong and passionate. D H Lawrence uses physical and emotional aspects to describe Annie as strong. Her physical strengths also reflect on her emotional strengths. She has a sturdy bosom, suggesting that she is stubborn, and will not be moved.
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The Brangwen women in The Rainbow (by D. H. Lawrence), are depicted in direct contrast to their male counterparts.
"It was enough for the men, that the earth heaved and opened its furrow to them..." (42) The men are described as their senses being "full fed" and being unable to "turn around" (43), in contrast to the women, who had in a sense, opened themselves to the world and what she had to offer, by no longer being passive Brangwen female participants of farm-life, by being "aware of the lips and the mind of the world speaking and giving utterance, they heard the sound in the distance, and they strained to listen."
- Word count: 718
The genre of "Tickets please" is a short, fictional story with a primary purpose of entertaining an adult audience. The outline of the story is set in the Midlands in war time.
Annie is the instigator of the piece and she encourages and rallies the girls with her "Come on" cries. John Thomas is obviously not expecting what is about to befall him as "he went forward rather vaguely" explains. Lawrence has already introduced him as a "fine cock of the walk" and up until this point the imagery that John Thomas could be likened to is to the dominant male in a herd of animals whose sole purpose has been to provide sexual gratification for the females of the tribe.
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Explore Plath's thoughts about fear, power and death in two of her poems, 'Medallion' and 'The Arrival of the Bee Box'.
The box is possibly a metaphor, which concerns a potentially destructive chaos that the poet senses within herself. Both of these poems have a structure of some kind. `Medallion' has a three line methodical rhythm and it enhances Plath's reflective tone and highlights her calmness in the face of death. The descriptions of the brilliant colours in this poem emphasises the beauty of the snake There is no smiles or alliteration etc. as this is a predominantly visual poem. `The Arrival of the Bee Box' has no rhyme or rhythm but the reader gets a sense that practical skill is involved in the bee keeping and the element of mystery in the production of honey is an analogy for the craft of the verse.
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This spreadsheet is going to be used to total up the number of tickets sold for the Sweet Charity production.
All of this data will need to be collected beforehand. It is important that there are no errors. 3.0 The Work Sheets, Formulas and Functions I plan to Use 3.1 The Worksheets I Will Create I will create several worksheets these include ticket sales, graph data, year 7 8 and 9 graphs, a pie chart and a head teachers summary. 3.2 The Functions That I Will Use I will use two functions on my ticket sales sheet and graph data sheet, these are 'if' and 'sum' functions. I will only use the 'if' function once this is when I am trying to find out how many tickets I have left.
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Masculinity is a main theme in 'The Fox' that weaves its self throughout the whole novella. March's gun and cap are symbols of her masculinity. This paragraph illustrates the semantic field within the paragraph through symbolism. Lawrence uses a descriptive fragment of writing to show the reader the contrasts between the physical and mental state of March, this is the semantic field of the paragraph. Lawrence writes that March is in a 'rapt state', suggesting that she is happier in this trance which is her 'constant state.'
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He worked hard and made the best of this opportunity. School was a hard on his health and the family. At fifteen Lawrence began work at Haywoods, a surgical appliance manufacturer in Nottingham. Lawrence's health was not good and work at the factory did not help so he joined the local British School as a pupil-teacher.
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The fervent gatherings of the local children with a little customary ceremony along with the loud grumbling of the engine of the Russian plane ring in my mind. There was, however no jostling or shoving during the gathering period, and thus I often thought Africans were rather snail-blooded! Our house was not so imposing. It was a simple two-storey house with all the luxuries of life the local people would not expect. The house was amongst those of my dad's three other UN colleagues and there was a considerable amount of security surrounding our house.
- Word count: 827
Compare in detail two of the poems from the section on animals in the OCR anthology And indicate what interests you about them.
There two was which Lawrence emphasised the long, slow movement of the snake. One is "And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down" and the other, which I see as more graceful is "He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom." Both of these quotations elongate the length of the snake. The poet then seems to stand and dwell on the snake's beauty, and is in awe of this creature. The snake however is completely oblivious to the poet's presence.
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'Strike Pay', however, includes lines such as: a male character addressing his wife: "Are you goin 'ter gi' e me ony bloody tea'', which shows the male dominance. 'Tickets, Please' uses sexual subtexts to establish the female dominance. For example, the main male character is named John Thomas, a term which Lawrence also used as an synonym for the word 'penis'. This suggests that the female characters were used as a metaphor for women-kind world-wide, and were struggling to battle objectification as sex-objects by men.
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Snakes can deliberately dislocate or unhinge their jaws to swallow something exceptionally large, we are informed that this snake was in the process of doing this when it was killed, 'his jaw unhinged and his grin crooked', the expression left on his face is described as a 'grin', this is the 'evil version' of smile, and it interacts well with 'crooked'. 'Tongue a rose-coloured arrow', this is juxtaposed (when two things which you wouldn't normally expect, are placed side by side), this helps to give a large contrast between the properties of the snakes body, ('rose' - beautiful and colourful, 'arrow' -deadly and ugly angular shape).
- Word count: 509
In D.H. Lawrence's, "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the relationship between the protagonist, Paul and his mother is not ideal at all.
She never really gives her children a chance because she is more concerned with herself and she always feels negativity towards them. Her obsession with money and the status it would provide for her completely, it takes control of her emotions and her ability to create a stable and healthy relationship between her and Paul. Her uncontrollable cravings for money create an "anxiety in the house" and a constant whispering that "there must be more money" (592). The constant whispering symbolizes the mothers need for money and the unhealthy environment she has created for her children.
- Word count: 726