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  1. "The Siege" Explore how Dunmores novel vividly conveys that, in a siege, fellow citizens are sometimes as dangerous as the enemy.

    People are desperate to survive; they would do anything in order to keep themselves alive. This means that in many cases, people's morality is suspended. People steal food from one another and attack one another. It's the desperation that the siege causes that makes people change both mentally and physically. The scene where Anna goes to the bread queue is a significant scene because it shows how the siege is changing people's reactions and feelings towards one another. In this scene, Anna is queuing up for bread as normal, but then a woman ahead of her doesn't feel well so Anna tells her to sit down and rest.

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  2. In Anne Donovans short story All That Glisters, the main characters personality change is effectively shown, and a touching story is unveiled.

    However, when Clare comes to know that her father has died, and that she could not do anything about it, she feels a bit of regret that she was unable to make things better. Nonetheless, by the end of the story, Donovan transforms Clare's character into a mature and sensible girl who is able to make her own decisions. Donovan effectively characterises Clare as an immature yet innocent child who is unable to face the reality of her father's death.

    • Word count: 1618
  3. Explore Anita Desais intensely evocative, descriptive style in Studies in the Park

    The pressure that is mounted on him slowly starts to rise as the exams approach, this in turn, results in him becoming a workaholic: eventually his whole life revolves around his studies. He then sees a life changing vision that completely transforms his perspective of life. 'Studies in the Park' contains various descriptions, and images that enables the true message of the story to be brought out. The story begins with the line "-Turn it off, turn it off...What next, my god" this line evidently depicts the irritability that Suno is experiencing.

    • Word count: 800
  4. The novel is called The Chrysalids. What do you think is the significance of this title, especially in relation to the novels themes? Support your answer with close reference to the novel.

    In relation to the title, 'Chrysalids' refers to the cocoon stage of a butterfly, which signifies a protected stage of development. Likewise, the Waknuk society is wrapped up in its own world, protected from external influences with their religious beliefs. The external influences that the society tries to protect from are the people or objects which appear different with regards to the definition. Just like a cocoon wrapped up protectively in its own casing, the society protects itself from these external influences by ensuring that the people in the society strictly abide by the definition, making sure that the people

    • Word count: 570
  5. The Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum. In 1939, MGM Movie made Wizard of Oz Movie based on the book that Baum written, which became favorite fantasy movie at that time

    The people of the land were very grateful, because Dorothy's house was landed and killed the witch of East and set them free from witch's slavery. The Witch of North told that her there are four witches in the Land of Oz: North, East, West and South. Two of them, North and East are good, yet the other two are not. Dorothy was so afraid and told the Witch of North to help her go back to Kansas. The Witch refused but asked her to go to Emerald City to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who might help her.

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  6. Oh Mary Dont You Cry Any More. The short story by Fay Weldon is about a small family of three, the mother Shirley and her daughters Gracey and Lisa, their life on the small island Tasmania and it is about their attempt to achieve happiness.

    He had been the family's main income, as Shirley doesn't work. The father, having started a new family on the mainland, doesn't visit much nor is he generous in paying alimony. When the girls don't have a father figure, it is Shirley's responsibility to raise the girls. Shirley wants to raise them to be optimistic and she tries to make sure, that they don't suffer from her mistakes, in regard to their 'dad'. Shirley feels that Tasmania is paradise and that it will always protect her and the girls, but Gracey is skeptic; she's seen how hard and inhumane the pretty island can be.

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  7. The novel The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hilton is about two gangs living in Oklahoma around the 1950s. Although there are a few minor conflicts at the start of the book these begin to start forming into major conflicts.

    I will start with Ponyboy as he has a lot of conflict within his own family. Ponyboy is a fourteen year old teenager who lives with his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop. The story the Outsiders is told from his prospective. Ponyboy has had a lot of conflict in his life since his parents died in a car crash. This forced Darry to work full time, quit school and take care of his younger brothers. Due to their desperate struggle with poverty, Ponyboy and his brothers often find themselves in conflict with each other. These conflicts are often a result of Darry getting frustrated.

    • Word count: 750
  8. A Journey is a story written by Colm Tibn in 2006. The story is about Mary, her family and their problems.

    David is suffering from a depression and Mary does not know why, neither can she figure it out. Mary seems to be a good and careful mother "She dreamed for a second that they had not sold it and thought that working there every day might help David" Even though if it seems like Mary has been a good mother, she still has not spend a enough of her time with David when he was child. "Mrs. Redmond, who lives in a nearby cottage and whose husband died just after David was born, came in every day to help and

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  9. Analysis of two stories from Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected".

    Foster. Then she calls a guy, which can come and fix their lift. You would think that Mrs. Foster is the main character in this story, because we are following her life and the story starts up with an introduction of her. But at the same time, we are also introduced to Mr. Foster right after, and in the end of the story, you wonder if it actually was Mr. Foster, that we were supposed to keep up with, because he is kind of the victim in the end. Almost like we are told about how he died in their lift, because of his lunatic of a wife.

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  10. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman- How is tension created in the extract and how does it make the reader feel for Lyra?

    The extract shows the reader a bit about Lyra's personality. "En't you heard of the Gobblers?" This shows that she is not well educated as her English is not correct. ""They en't real, Gobblers. Just a story.""They are!"Lyra said......... Suddenly she felt very afraid. Pantalaimon as a fierce lion, sprang in her arms and growled" In these lines Philip Pullman expresses Lyra's character; she is portrayed as someone that wants her own way and does not like it if someone argues against her. She also can be violent seeing that she got very aggressive when she heard the bad news and pantalaimon turned into a lion.

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  11. What does the story of The Star Beast tell us about human nature? The star beast is a short story by Nicholas Grey

    Later as the creature got better and recovered from its wounds and illness the farmer and wife were paid some money by the authorities to take him away to see some experts. The farmer's wife was very sad to see him go, she said "he was getting to know me" this shows that she liked the beast. Some professors looked at it; they were "far from silly." They decided that he was "oddly human." They gave him a plate and a cup but they did not give him a knife as they thought that it was dangerous for him to have possession of a weapon.

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  12. The Outsiders - how does the attack on Johnny affect the boys

    "His white t-shirt was splattered with blood." Soda pop was the first to reach Johnny after he had been attacked. Sodapop was gentle and calm in making the situation better rather than worse. "Its okay Johnnycake there gone now" this shows how Sodapop acts as Johnny's fatherly figure as Johnny really doesn't have one at home. Ponyboy arrives second. Sodapop is sick to his stomach and terrified to what the Socs have done "I just stood there trembling with sudden cold". This shows how the attack on Johnny was particularly bad and how beat up Johnny was.

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  13. Old man and the sea essays. In the book " The old man and the sea" by Ernest Hemingway we are introduced to the main character, Santiago. Santiago showed that he possessed three characteristic traits

    The old man asked for the help of no one, for he was very resourceful did fine without the others. Santiago learned how to make due with the supplies and equipment that he had on hand at the time. On the boat while he is battling the mighty fish, he is able to deal with limited food and drink. When he realizes that he may be out at sea for a longer time than he expected he rations his supplies while using the remaining fishing line to catch some fish which he can use to supplement his daily rations.

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  14. Comparison of 'harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' and 'Aice in Wonderland'

    dark wizard whose name is not mainly said and called 'You know who' because of how much the other wizards fear him. From this point on, Harry leaves the Dursleys and moves into a completely opposite world where he is a very famous figure and attends Hogwarts, a school that teaches witchcraft and wizardry. Throughout the book, Harry faces opposition from almost wherever he goes. 'Alice in Wonderland' is about a young girl who finds herself in an unfamiliar and an extraordinary, mystical world known as 'Wonderland'.

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  15. In this essay I will be comparing two of Rohal Dahl's short stories which will include different language techniques to how he shocks, entertains and intrigues the reader.

    This creates a nervous atmosphere for Billy which is rather entertaining. Billy thinks that she is a crazy landlady "landlady appeared to be slightly off her rocker didn't worry Billy in the least". In the Lamb to the Slaughter it's funny how the leg of lamb is brought up in conversation after Mrs Maloney has used the meat to kill her husband. Mrs Maloney went to the groceries to get some peas. The grocer Sam says "what about meat" to which Mrs Maloney replies "no thanks I have a nice leg of lamb from the freezer".

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  16. Compare two of Palins meetings with people who are particularly memorable.

    The use of language in these sections is effective because Palin portrays his attitude towards women. He does this by using a superlative to highlight his meeting with Lyuba. Palin also reinforces that he does not take Lyuba very seriously when he uses alliteration, "lovely Lyuba", when he calls Lyuba "proprietress of the bar" he then implies a certain attitude towards women. This is because of the use of the word proprietress, meaning lady of the bar. This is also a contrast to Palin's usual persona as Palin doesn't normally criticize or seek to be sexist/ politically incorrect.

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  17. Identity is the theme in the novel After The First Death by Robert Cormier. Throughout the book, Kate, the main character is constantly changing her emotions and the way she acts showing her different sides.

    Which tells the reader that she is terrified and scared. However, Kate overcomes her fears and tries to become brave, driving the bus away from the bridge she thinks that she is going to get away until she stalls the bus. After failing, Kate starts to give up and when she hears the noise of a gun being shot at Raymond is when she really turns to a side where there is no happiness. After she heard the shot, Kate kept repeating herself, for example, "Something, something else. Yes, yes.

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  18. How does the first act of the play prepare us for what follows?

    The play is set in Salford, Lancashire, and the north of England. Hobson is of middle class background but has been running his show shop set in Chapel St, successfully, for some year. Hobson's shop is quite big. It shows that he has the money to buy a better quality shop. The Hobson's family is well educated. Also, the trap door shows the social status. Hobson is a really selfish and immature man. He does not care about his daughters' and he leaves all the works to Maggie and relies to her.

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  19. How are susupense and tension created in the Monkey's Paw and the Tell Tale Heart

    Jacobs gives us this short description of the setting and weather to create an eerie atmosphere. This atmosphere created at the beginning of the play lasts throughout and keeps the reader engaged and tense. Poe, on the other hand, does not give us much of a description of the setting, only that most of the story is set during midnight. He focuses more on the main character, the narrator. Poe gives us a very in depth look at the narrators thoughts, and so creates the eerie atmosphere through this person's thoughts, "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture...

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  20. The Monkeys Paw - my alternative ending.

    Nothing, not even money is worth losing family over. I had to stop my wife before it is too late. I grabbed the monkeys paw and headed downstairs after my wife. I watched desperately as my wife turned the door knob to reveal the figure I only knew so well standing there. I felt tears coming down my face as I realized that figure was my son. My son Herbert was standing at my doorway. Only something was very different.

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  21. English Comparison

    Whilst the girl and her family are eating dinner someone comes to tell her mother that she has deliberately spoilt Paula's snowsuit. Again, the image of 'a cold draught' (l. 151) suggests that this is frightening and unwelcome news. Paula of course denies that it was deliberate, but her Uncle Frank and her Mother don't believe her and even she sounds to herself as though she's not telling the truth. Darkness is a key image from the end of the story that reinforces the child's feeling of loneliness and sadness as she lies alone in her room.

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  22. Life of Pi

    Also, readers start to believe that Pi is Richard Parker because the tiger arrives at the time when Pi needs him the most and disappears when Pi is rescued and the tiger is no longer needed. From the point Pi and Richard Parker are on the boat together their companionship grows and their bond strengthens as they are both equally dependent on each other for survival. This section explores the theme of religion and belief in God, "God, give me the time..."

    • Word count: 1218
  23. Pan's Labrynth Newspaper Article

    Police have told the public, with help from the forensics, they have found fingerprints of the future suspects. The 13 men who are kept in for indepent interviews Have released information about who they are and that they are part of the Spanish Maquis guerrillas. The man and his sister have also revealed a quote from behalf of both of them; "We knew the girl, she was very close to us both." Once alone, the woman said "The girl was like my own daughter.

    • Word count: 606
  24. Pan's Labrynth - Captain's Task

    "In all my life, I have never seen a women disrespect a man so acutely." Mercedes stared at his back for several minutes before springing into action. "I have hated you ever since I met you. You make me sick. How could such a man treat his family like a group of cockroaches? Only a fool would act the way you do." "Listen here you spiteful little rodent. I am a well respected man and if you want to live, my sweet, I suggest you start changing your atrocious attitude towards me."

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  25. Lady Marguerite Blakeney in the Scarlet Pimpernel

    Nevertheless, Orczy did not only use indirect characterization. When she depicted Marguerite's status or appearance, she characterized Marguerite directly. For example, Orczy described her as "a beautiful, fascinating, clever, French wife" (42, 2). In conclusion, Marguerite was characterized numerous times during the story, enabling readers to find out a great deal about her personality, life, and background, so she was indisputably a round character. Marguerite's change within the course of the novel was exceptionally severe, making her a dynamic character. In the beginning, she was perceived as a heartless, inconsiderate person, as she constantly ridiculed her husband, Sir Percy (45, 2).

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