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  1. Cal by Bernard Mac Laverty - Critical Evaluation

    This is because a year earlier Cal was reluctantly involved in the murder of a Protestant policeman, who was, in fact, Marcella's husband. Cal becomes closer and closer to Marcella as the novel goes on, and you find out more about the murder as the plot develops. He then lands himself a job at Mrs. Mortons farm, the mother of Marcella's husband, Robert. This brings him even closer to Marcella and they start to have a relationship with each other.

    • Word count: 2151
  2. In the novel The Divine Wind, written by Gary Disher, the characters have to make important choices. With every character in the novel their choices are not always good and in some cases effect other characters in the novel a bad way.

    To see whether the choices made where good ones, we need to take a look at each choice specifically. Ida chose to leave her family and husband so she could return back to her homeland where her heart still was. Ida was very unhappy in Broome, and she longed for her life back in England. All throughout the novel there was a visibleline between the differences of Ida, her family and the people of Broome. Ida simply did not fit in. Alice chooses to end her relationship with Carl after she sees his true colours.

    • Word count: 444
  3. Heroes by Robert Cormier How does the relationship between Francis and Nicole develop?

    Nicole and Marie LaCroix became friends and walked home together and often Francis noticed that Nicole would visit Marie, who lived above him on the third floor. Francis used this as an advantage to "get a glimpse of her and perhaps catch her attention". He also tried to "seek out Marie and try to get her to mention Nicole Renard". He finally admitted to Marie that he liked Nicole and made her swore not to tell anyone. Three days later when nicole was leaving after visiting Marie, she said to Francis " 'Don't fall off, francis,' ".

    • Word count: 819
  4. What is the importance of setting in 'Endgame?'

    The very first words of the play are 'bare interior' which give us very little indication of how the setting looks and therefore gives us little indication on how the setting will effect the characters; because there is nothing there. Here is our first suggestion of the concept of zero, it is a blank room with nothing in it and therefore it is a constant nothing. Beckett keeps the props at a bare minimum but the ones he does use have many meanings to them.

    • Word count: 2056
  5. How Does The Writer Create Tension And Suspence In The Monkeys Paw

    making Juliet his one and only priority, and the 'hopeful lady of his earth' so the only daughter he has and the only daughter he can marry off. Lord Capulet doesn't seem too keen on marrying Juliet off just yet, reason being he doesn't want to lose his only daughter as he loves her and also because he doesn't want to lose power over her, again referring to it being set in a Patriarchal society men ruled over women and owned there wives and daughters.

    • Word count: 3698
  6. Are Lord And Lady Capulet Good Parents?

    It sends out a message... 'Be careful for what you wish for'. The opening of the story is a metaphor of society, the Victorians were very cozy in there lifestyle. Huddling together to keep England, keep ideas, keep reason, keep religion and stick to what they know but new things are trying to get in. When Jacobs wrote The Monkeys Paw the Victorians were curious about exotic far off lands and travelling, a popular saying at the time was "the sun never sets on the British empire " By the early 1900s, England had conquered and colonized countries all over the world.

    • Word count: 2582
  7. In The Crucible childrens lies lead to allegations of witchcraft and the breaking up of a community. Why do people lie and what can the consequences be?

    However, lying can have severe consequences depending on how much you twist the truth when doing it, and even if it doesn't make much sense, people are actually aware of what can happen later but since they feel there's no other choice, they lie anyways. A clear example of this can be found in "The crucible" by Arthur Miller, where a group of girls are caught performing witchcraft, and some dancing naked around a fire. In the time of the book, dancing was strictly forbidden and witchcraft was a matter nobody dared to discuss.

    • Word count: 1107
  8. Analyse the dramatic importance of the end of act one of ''A View from the Bridge ''

    I am going to talk about the relationships between Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice Carbone and the ways that they change when Marco and Rodolfo, the two family cousins arrive. The two brothers Marco and Rodolfo came to the family from Sicily as illegal immigrants. Problems develop when Catherine (Eddie's niece) and Rodolfo fall in love because Eddie does not like the idea and seems to have secret feelings for Catherine. Towards the end of Act One we hear from a character called Alfieri.

    • Word count: 1139
  9. Use of Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye

    The hat tells us much about Holden Caulfield himself and much about one of the books' themes, Holden's hunt and search for true identity, to find his purpose and meaning in life. After Holden receives this hat it becomes very significant to him and important because of what it represents to him. When Holden wears the hat he feels like he is different from the rest of society, he wishes to stand out from the masses. The reader recognizes that this hat is crucial to Holden's being because he is constantly mentioning it in a casual manner, yet we know that he is very conscious of it.

    • Word count: 1303
  10. Text response to "Border Crossing" by Pat Barker

    Danny describes his years before the murder, living on a farm with his mother and father. He describes his father as "...a violent bastard..." and he says that he "...hated..." his mother for being depressed and miserable all the time. Danny was also physically abused by both of them, but mainly his father. He defends his father even through this, by saying "He was misguided, but he did honestly think he was doing the right thing." The reader sees that Danny is clearly a victim of trapped circumstance, and the question of who to blame for his shocking behaviour starts to brew inside the reader.

    • Word count: 1520
  11. Character is Fate - Choose three episodes from the novel and discuss whether this statement is true of Michael Henchard.

    The first episode in which Michael Henchard's character and actions are presented as an act of fate, is the first chapter of the novel, when Henchard and his wife, Susan, and baby daughter, Elizabeth-Jane are walking along a road to a large village called Weydon-Priors. This is when we first notice the "obscurity of the married couples stride". "She seemed to have no idea of taking his arm, nor he of offering it;" this is on the second page and the reader already gets he feeling that the couple are not meant to be together as from what we see they both are not very fond of each other.

    • Word count: 1976
  12. Prose Study - How important is setting in Gulliver's Travels?

    This is after he has been tied up, shot at, and trapped by the tiny Lilliputians, which enforces the idea that Gulliver's observations are not always accurate. This incorrect observation highlights the almost perfect society of the Brobdingnagians, who are much bigger than Gulliver. Swift mainly uses Lilliput to draw attention to the absurdity of religious wars, such as the conflict between the Catholics in Ireland and the English Protestants. The main way he does this is by giving an exaggerated example of a stupid religious war: Lilliput's war with Blefescu.

    • Word count: 1949
  13. Willy Russell makes use of set design and dialogue to demonstrate the class divide between the characters of Rita and Frank in the play Educating Rita.

    However, she has problems getting through he door. "I'm coming in, aren't I. Its that stupid bleedin' handle on the door" This is a fairly abrupt way for Rita to enter the room considering this is the fist time she had met Frank and probably the first time that she has spoken to someone of his class and status. This tells us something about her personality; she is very confident and outgoing. Franks door is of great significance to the play.

    • Word count: 1600
  14. The Illustrated Man

    Family life takes a new turn, as Bradbury presents in "The Veldt", and it isn't positive. The father-son relationship deteriorates as we can see from their conversations. Even though the parents have done their best to fulfil all their children's wishes, the final effect is a tense family relationship, mainly characterised by the children's selfishness. Peter, the son, regards his father as nothing more than a sort of institution to fight against, rather than anything close to his heart. "What's wrong with Africa, Father?" calling him "Father," on multiple occasions after initially calling him "Dad," Also, there is some verbal violence between them, as suggested "I don't think you'd better consider it any more, Father," "I won't have any threats from my son!"

    • Word count: 1235
  15. Breakfast at Tiffany(TM)s

    When we see the character, protagonist, for the first time we are automatically drawn in by her as she is in the foreground and the only thing moving in the scene, our eyes are focused on her. The audience feels connected with her and has an opportunity to be a part of her life. The audience is then introduced to one of the main themes throughout the film of "Tiffany's" Tiffany's after this film became more popular and some members and shoppers of Tiffany's say that consequently Tiffany's was made by the link of the film and the well known jewellers.

    • Word count: 1128
  16. Examine the character of Lord Capulet and his dramatic impact at key points in "Romeo and Juliet"

    Far from doing so however he seems as impetuous as they are. He also appears worse as he is the first on the scene to fight before Lord Montague, and therefore he comes across as the more aggressive of the two as he seems eager to fight. By the next scene Lord Capulet's attitude has changed and he is behaving differently. He is talking to Count Paris about the possibility of marriage to Juliet. He comes across as both protective of Juliet as his daughter and polite and courteous probably because he is interested in the possibility of him marrying Juliet as he has high status, being a count and is both wealthy and good looking.

    • Word count: 1693
  17. Culture Clash in "Two Kinds" and "Dead Mans Path"

    Amy's mother is also ironic to a degree although she may not mean to be "Searching for stories about remarkable children" The irony continues as Amy is not remarkable, and her mother thinks she can be. The fact Amy is not remarkable is brought up when she is asked to recall what she remembers from a page in the bible. "Now Jehosophat had riches and honor in abundance. That's all I remember ma'" The phrase shows that Amy's memory is poor and she is not exceptional.

    • Word count: 1424
  18. How did the authors of the mystery stories 'The Red Room', 'The Engineers thumb' and 'The Signalman' create suspense in their stories?

    Also, when the young man says 'never a ghost have I seen as yet'. This language would also rarely be used in this generation. This is also archaic. The archaic language contributes to the way the story is written and the reader would be able to quickly understand that the story is set in an earlier generation if they were unaware. Archaic language is also used in the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Engineer's thumb, as the narrative voice of the story says 'not more than five-and-twenty, I should say'.

    • Word count: 863
  19. Death Of A Salesman

    He just hopes for his children to do the best and be happy with what they achieve in life. Willy elaborates with images from the past and convinces himself that all is ok. It isn't. His role idolises a great salesman of his time, now to be just of an old age that sells his personality and doesn't publicly display his withering mind and aggression. Linda Loman is Willy's loyal wife and a loving heart to his hopes and ideas. She suffers as his mind deteriorates because she knows his mind is beyond help. She has always had faith in Willy and in all his respects.

    • Word count: 1789
  20. Dubliners - From your reading of Eveline, Araby and A Little Cloud, write about Joyces depiction and portrayal of Dublin in relation to the quotations above.

    Little Chandler's character shows how Dublin disappoints people constantly. Little Chandler would like to write poetry but he knows that he can't because he lives in Dublin. He has too many responsibilities like his family and his job. We can see also that Gallaher is having a really exciting time visiting lots of places like Paris and London. He is also making a good name for himself being a journalist in London. We can see that Little Chandler is jealous this is shown by the phrase 'that was Ignatious Gallaher all out ; and, damn it, you couldn't but admire him for it'.

    • Word count: 1472
  21. How does Peter Medak create sympathy for Derek in Let Him Have it(TM)

    The decision is made that he is to be released partially because of his low level intelligence, that of an eleven year old. The scene foreshadows what happens later; from what is said you get a real sense that the institutions of society are much more powerful than the individual - in this case, Derek. Justice is firmly against him, although it is apparent there is nothing criminal about him. Ashamed of what happened, Derek becomes a recluse and does not leave the house.

    • Word count: 2002
  22. Short Story Essay - Chemistry by Graham Swift

    it must have been soon after Mother met Ralph". His childish observations are mixed with a more adult explanation "I didn't want to kill him... since death is a deceptive business". He lost his Grandmother suddenly when he was 4 years old and his father to a plane accident when he was only 7 years old. He has experienced considerable loss in his 10 years of life. None of this loss was explained to him as death, his mother simply told him after his fathers' death that "He has gone where Grandma's gone".

    • Word count: 2123
  23. How are the parents shown to be at fault in both Your Shoes and Growing up?

    The main similarity of the two stories is the negative mentality of both parents. In Growing up the father has a very negative view of his daughters resulting in a very negative output from girls, in relation to their father. Not only has this resulted in a conclusive poor relationship between the father and his children, evident from the constant portrayal of breakdown of communication "she answered only by a slight wriggle of her behind" but also of the fathers distancing from his own daughters "he wanted urgently to get away, to escape." This has a very strong effect on the reader meaning that instead of them empathizing with the father, they are instead empathizing with the children as it is them who are being effected by their fathers absence.

    • Word count: 1065
  24. The Meaning of Human Existence

    This is the principal expression of the irrationality that exists in the novel. Gregor resists this situation for which he has had no control over nor can he change. It is an unfortunate irony that Gregor cannot accept the fact that he is no longer a human, this is seen on page five when he says, "In fact, Gregor felt fine, with the exception of his drowsiness, which was really unnecessary after sleeping so late..." How can this man wake up one morning, look into the mirror and see a giant bug staring back at him, and then carry on with his day as usual?

    • Word count: 1345
  25. What aspects of the Gothic genre are explored in the novel The Monk(TM) by Matthew Lewis

    "She seemed to insist upon something which the demon was unwillingly to grant." "The abbot received the talisman with silent gratitude." Although, Ambrosio does not enter into the demonic pact at first, he eventually succumbs to entering into a pact with a devil by calling upon one himself. "'I am yours forever, and irrevocably!' cried the monk wild with terror: 'I abandon all claim to salvation.'" The theme of unspeakable desires is explored in the book on several occasions. The gothic novels were usually the only way for people to express unspeakable desires as people often felt embarrassed about telling others about them.

    • Word count: 887

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