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  1. Who is the Greater Villain - Godfrey or Dunstan

    He also allows Dunstan to blackmail him about his marriage. ""Well, Master Godfrey, what do you want with me?" said Dunsy in a mocking tone "Suppose, now, you get the money yourself, and save me the trouble, eh? ...You'll not refuse me the kindness to pay it back for me: it was the brotherly love made you do it, you know?"" This implies Dunsy is taking advantage over his brother and he also sounds like he is being sarcastic when he talks about brotherly love.

    • Word count: 816
  2. Character Sketch - William Dane

    Silas Marner has a petit mal fit in a prayer meeting and the sly William Dane says it looks, "more like a visitation of Satan than proof of divine favour." This is when William Dane's jealousness of Silas Marner's engagement to Sarah starts.

    • Word count: 331
  3. Contrast the fulfilment Silas gets from parenthood with his earlier religious faith and miserliness

    Eppie has an incredible effect on Marner's life. He emerges from his life as a lonely hermit, and engrosses himself in village life, regaining his trust in God and other people. Sixteen years later Godfrey and Nancy are married and are without children. Godfrey uncovers his secret about him being Eppie's father and they try to adopt her, but she refuses, preferring to remain with Silas. The book follows three stages of Marner's life and the transformations in him due to Eppie.

    • Word count: 1812
  4. Character Sketch - Priscilla Lammeter.

    Priscilla is rather plain and frumpy. She is, "Square-shouldered, clumsy, high featured". Priscilla is not embarrassed by her ugly looks, for her it isn't important. We know this because she says freely, "For I am ugly - there's no denying that." She says exactly what she thinks, such as, "Well, it just popped out". This is also a part of her honesty which is why she says, "For I'm a bad un to live with folks when the don't like the truth."

    • Word count: 300
  5. Examine Eliot's treatment of women in Prufrock,

    In Prufrock, I believe Eliot is concerned with the high society of women and the poem shows his fascination with them. The tone of 'Prufrock' is not bitter towards the women, nor does it celebrate them, it merely comments on the women and Eliot seems to give a fairly neutral view of women. 'Portrait of a Lady' is another poem in which Eliot explores the concepts of women belonging to the upper social classes but in 'Portrait of a Lady', unlike 'Prufrock', Eliot almost scorns the women, and looks at them in a very cynical light.

    • Word count: 1383
  6. Which character do you believe has changed the most, in 'Silas Marner', giving reasons why?

    Yet, the only character to experience change radical enough to rival Marner's is Godfrey Cass. However, before I can describe in detail what changes these two characters have experienced we need to know what they were like before any change, at the beginning of the story. Obviously, in order to change, the subject needs to change from something to something else; and to gauge how much change has taken place, there needs to be a comparison between the past and present.

    • Word count: 2559
  7. Discuss Eliot's treatment of the theme ofthe modern city in 'Preludes.' Also refer to 'The Love Song of J. AlfredPrufrock' if you wish.

    Eliot then continues with "The burnt-out ends of smoky days / And now a gusty shower wraps." These two lines suggest endings, as life is firstly compared to a cigarette, where it burns away to nothing and then the line "And now a gusty shower wraps" makes use of pathetic fallacy, as the turbulent day in the city is over, just like the "gusty shower" has finished. The last two lines of the stanza create the impression of a city atmosphere which is dingy and dark; "And at the corner of the street / A lonely cab horse steams and stamps."

    • Word count: 1144
  8. "Analyse the representation of Multicultural Britain in the films Bend It Like Beckham and East is East"

    The phrase literally means to have many cultures or ethnic groups within society. Today, people from around the world come to live here in Britain, bringing their traditions and beliefs, new, interesting ways of life and food. A good example of this would be the Indian culture, which has quickly made a big mark upon the public. Indian food is now the favoured takeaway throughout the whole country, ironically beating the so called "British classic" of fish and chips by a large margin.

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  9. Compare and contrast the approach taken by the two poets, George Bilgere and Diane Thiel, when looking at their relationship with their fathers in the poems "Catch" and "Minefield".

    She also makes use of the facts that they were hungry but were crossing a field of lettuce. Comparisons are also entered by using a reference to a wild animal that would eat the lettuce. The reference to his friend's body being "scattered across the field" is a stark contrast to the rural scene conjured up in the previous lines; its inclusion encourages the reader to imagine the terrible scene without it being described graphically. The two lines separated from the first and second verse, "My father told us this, one night, and then continued eating dinner"; tell us how the father feels about his past.

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  10. Discuss George Eliot's use of "chance" and "accident" in the novel and its implicatations

    Raveloe is the place where the second part of his life begins. He continues weaving, although is a very lonely man as, at first no-one in the village knew of him, being suspicious towards Silas. Because of the events at Lantern Yard, resulting in him being accused of stealing then leaving the village, he thought that God had punished him by not saving him from the trauma, so turned away from religion. "Collecting" money, hoarding it and counting it was the majority of what happened in Silas Marner's second part of his life, as he worked hard weaving.

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  11. Contemporary drama has the potential to educate and entertain an audience. How does the play East is East manage to simultaneously make us laugh when teaching us so much about human life?

    Georges lack of respect to women and in a way it is prejudice because it shows that George sees Ella as someone that should do what she is told because she is his wife and he must know her business but she can not know his. You learn from this quote that George has no respect for women in general. George is a very forceful man as he forces his religion on his children he has his youngest son, Sajit circumcised: "not our religion see" This quote is George telling Sajit that he has to be circumcised because it is against Islamic teaching where really Sajit has not decided that he wanted to belong to the Muslim religion.

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  12. Silas Marner - George Eliot

    Dunstan ends up being an alcoholic, gambling man and a thief. Godfrey is a good-natured young man, but weak-willed who is usually unable to think of much other than his immediate material comfort. So, he ends up being mentally weak. Eliot blames this on the Squire. The Squire indulges his children out of lack of interest. He doesn't take interest in his son's day to day actions and this ruined them by spoiling them, assuming that money will replace the love he doesn't show.

    • Word count: 1356
  13. How does the community of Raveloe respond to Silas at key moments in the novel?

    In effect, money had replaced the friends he once had. It seemed that Silas felt safe with money, but with people he was afraid and vulnerable of them being untrustworthy. Status was seen as important in Raveloe, 'the greatest man in Raveloe was Squire Cass'. He was 'used to the presupposition that his family...were the oldest and the best'. However, as important as the Squire was in Raveloe, he would be nothing in a larger town or city, where there were higher-class people, but in Raveloe, 'his opinion was not disturbed by comparison'.

    • Word count: 2278
  14. My Book Report About 'I Capture The Castle'- Dodie Smith

    wild passion for 'communing with nature', her father, a 'one hit wonder' author who wrote a best-selling novel around a decade ago, and seemingly has not put pen to paper since, and lastly, Stephen- fiercely handsome, and utterly besotted with Cassandra. The entire family is completely penniless, with Stephen, the son of their dead housekeeper, the only money earner. Cassandra has given herself the task of finding a suitably rich bachelor to marry Rose, who finds living in poverty impossible, but the problem is, they do not know anybody at all, other than the librarian from in the village, Miss Marcy.

    • Word count: 541
  15. Contrast And Compare The Three Fathers In Silas Marner. What Does This Examination Of Their Roles Reveal To Us About 19th Century, And Has it Any Relevance To Us Today?

    From the book, we see that this is exactly what she does, by exploring the relationships between the characters and their child or children. Throughout the course of the book, we meet three fathers, two of whom are linked in a way that is very important in the point of the story. One of these two fathers is Godfrey Cass, the son of one of the richest men in Raveloe. On the way to take on his father's position, Godfrey was described as 'a fine, open faced, good natured young man'but if he was not careful, was on the way to losing the love of his life and his sanity.

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  16. Consider fatherhood in the novel, with particular reference to Squire Cass, Godfrey and Silas Marner

    This quote was put in by the author to show how Squire Cass controls his children. Squire Cass also doesn't influence them in a positive manner. He doesn't spend any quality time with his children and bond. He spoils his children by indulging them with money, goods and services, but he doesn't give any love. He lacks interest in his sons and his other children. He worries a lot about his status, reputation and the name of his family. It is not that the Squire has any time for his sons; it's that he wastes his time.

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  17. 'Duty is peremptory and absolute', How far would you say that duty was important in George Eliot's 'Silas Marner'.

    In this novel, Squire Cass is the largest landowner in Raveloe, showing that he is a very rich person. Squire Cass neglected all his duty; to his house and even to his own family and children. He shows no duty towards his house at all in this novel, and he has an appearance of 'habitual neglect'. The Squire, although wealthy, never fulfils any duty towards the house, such as keeping the house clean and tidy. The villagers of Raveloe largely disapproved of Squire Cass' lifestyle and the way he neglected his duty.

    • Word count: 3302
  18. Silas Marner is nothing more than a fairytale? Do you think this is a reasonable assessment of George Eliot's novel?

    Eppie is a fairytale character. She is described as a 'rustic princess' like 'Perdita' in 'A Winter's Tale'. She is meant to be symbolic. She shows warmth, ideal filial love, innocence and gives Silas a reason to live. She is perfect in everyway possible but she is not real so it doesn't matter if she talks like a princess or is perfect. She functions as a beautiful symbol. Aaron is also an entire fairytale character but we don't know much about him. Dunsey and William Dane are also fairytale characters. However, they are the villain characters. They are the fairytale villains.

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  19. 'How does Eliot use imagery to define his own fears of society?'

    Alfred Prufrock', we are first struck with the contradiction in the title; the name J. Alfred Prufrock is both ridiculous and pompous, suggesting someone who is overtly polite and possibly who has trouble expressing his feelings. Coupling this with a 'love song' appears somewhat of a juxtaposition, as we are unable to imagine these two elements together. The poem itself is used to convey how uneasy and inadequate Eliot feels around women (Eliot could possibly be representing himself in this character,) and how he feels he is not accepted by society. He worries what they will think of him, "They will say: 'How his hair is growing thin...But how his arms and legs are thin'".

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  20. At the end of Silas Marner, there is a feeling that justice has been done, that the bad have been punished and the good rewarded. Explain with reference to Silas Marner and Godfrey, how far you agree with this statement.

    Silas' suffering begins when "the lots declared that Silas Marner was guilty," leaving Silas with no faith in God or trust in his close friend, William Dane. With his reputation destroyed, "Poor Marner went out with that despair in his soul- that shaken trust in God and man, which is little short of madness to a loving nature." He is left feeling betrayed, with a knowing that injustice has occurred, and as a consequence of this he leaves Lantern Yard for a better life.

    • Word count: 1358
  21. Today I will give my presentation on a short poem written by T. S. Eliot-Cousin Nancy.

    It is these poems that bring me into the world of Eliot, and I think this kind of works can also make him more accessible. Now we come into the poem itself. The poet use 2/3 of his poem to portray an image of a modern girl, called Nancy Ellicott, who dissatisfied with and rebelled against the traditional way of life. In the poem, Eliot writes: Miss Nancy Ellicott strode across the hills, rode across the hills, and broke them, she rode to hounds over the cow-pasture, she smoked, and she danced all the modern dance.

    • Word count: 1950
  22. What Changes Does Eppie Bring About In Silas's Life?

    The author thinks the countryside is better because of the spaced settings, historical traditions and culture. Everything is already established, and nothing hardly every changes. It's calm, clean, with talkative and friendly neighbors. Silas's journey from the town to the countryside was one of a man cast away because of society, and brought back because of the love of a child. I think it was a journey George Eliot wanted people to take; she wanted them to find trust in people and know how to love. Eppie helps Silas on that journey by loving and trusting him.

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  23. Discuss the importance of the theme of duty in George Eliot's

    Some characters honour their duties with sincerity and some characters neglect their duties and wash them away. There are different reasons for why the characters are honourable and dishonourable to their duties. The people that do not want to perform their duties try to make themselves believe that their priorities are set backwards. By this, I mean that the characters seem to over power their minds with less important duties in life and forget to do the main duties. As you will read on to see that the characters that honour their duties are rewarded in some way or another the characters that honour their duties are rewarded in some way or another.

    • Word count: 1891
  24. With reference to at least 3 poems in the selection, discuss Eliot's achievement and methods as a dramatic poet.

    The title of the first poem in the Wasteland 'The burial of the dead', which was meant to be named "The Horror the horror" in Eliot's opinion, which comes from Conrad's Heart of Darkness; immediately reflects the image of buried memories, or Christian burial ritual, however it also creates an image of the dead coming to life again as they are used as the main idea for this poem. The poem begins in the present participle yet by the eighth line it suddenly moves from one voice to many already creating an effect of instability in the poem the "dead

    • Word count: 2116
  25. East Is East - review

    Adapted from an autobiographical stage-play by Ayub Khan-Din. It is the early 1970's, George Khan (Om Puri)is a man who is proud of his Pakistani heritage. He moved to Salford near Manchester where he married a local woman, Ella (Linda Bassett), had seven children and opened a chip shop. George demands to be seen as the head of the family and rules them with a rod of iron, as he wants them to be as respectable and as proud of their race as he is. There is one flaw in his master plan....

    • Word count: 1291

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