Character Analysis Kurtz Kurtz is the man who Marlow searches for through the Congo. Marlow's search develops into an obsession and when the search has ended, he only finds a shadow of a man that was once Kurtz. Kurtz was a man who had achieved great things in his life, inspiring each person he had come across and was expected to accomplish more. He came into the Congo with great plans for civilizing the natives, however he became greedy, which ended up being the subject of his own demise. 'I had immense plans...I was on the threshold of great things'. Kurtz's main characteristics were his ability to talk passionately to people and inspire them with his words. He had a charisma that made people feel that he was some kind of a genius. Kurtz was a very talented human being, gifted in many areas. He could not be pinned down to a specific talent. He was seen as a great musician to his cousin that Marlow visits, a brilliant politician and leader of men to the journalist and a genius and humanitarian to his intended. Marlow views him as a universal genius. Kurtz is a round character, who is explored deeply and at times, almost to deep. He is neither the protagonist nor the antagonist, but he is a complex main character within the novel. In places where Kurtz is described, there is imagery of darkness and foreboding evil. Kurtz was an exaggeration of the white people who had
Justin Barauskas "Hell is other people" How does Sartre demonstrate this during the course of "Huis Clos" During the course of "Huis Clos" Sartre is centred towards an existentialist problem, "Hell is other people". In order to convey this problem Sartre sets his play in a hell-after-life setting with only 3 "dead" characters. These are, Garcin a coward who treated his wife badly, Inez a lesbian who seeks Estelle and Estelle a self centred fussy child murderer. First of all, due to the setting of the play and the small number of characters involved Sartre creates much more tension between the characters and this leads on to them focusing onto their' problems. Through this tight tension I believe Sartre builds up the suspense to the main point of the play that "Hell is other people" much quicker and that this allows the language spoken to be analysed in much more depth. The suspense is built up through characters interacting with each other and thereby by being locked in a room together they have to come into grip with themselves. The characters are defenceless, "naked as worms" and therefore they suffer by not being able to escape free from their past. Secondly I believe that Sartre creates a completely different image of hell, with no torture chamber as one would imagine, P182 "Where's the torture-chamber?" I believe he creates this setting of the unknown torture so
"Heroines Retreating into Illusion in two of Tennessee Williams's plays" This essay studies Williams's heroines who are unable to face their reality so they retreat into illusionary worlds created by themselves. Laura in The Glass Menagerie and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire are the most outstanding examples. They are so fragile that facing reality will destroy them. Their creation of illusions makes them feel safe away from the real world they cannot cope with, and the harsh realities that destroy both their dreams and hopes. In the Wingfields, Laura is the lost child. Because of being crippled, she cannot face the outside world. She is always afraid of relationships and is terribly shy. In addition, she always feels rejected and inadequate. In short, she has an inferiority complex. Her only way out is to retreat into a world of her own creation. Living in a world of tiny glass animals is her way of escape. "They are her escape mechanism as the movies are Tom's and the past is Amanda's" (Griffin 29). Those glass animals stand as a symbol of Laura herself. They are so fragile, and even unique. Her separation gradually increases till she becomes like a piece of her glass collection. " she lives in a world of her own- a world of- little glass ornaments,...she plays old phonograph records and-that's about all..." (scene five) Laura is totally unable to
English 11 Hills Like White Elephants Nico A. The two main characters in the story "Hills Like White Elephants", by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), are going through a conflict which each character views differently. The conflict at hand is the abortion that the woman is to have. The man sees it as no big deal whilst the woman is terrified of doing something she will have to go through pain for. This story shows the masking of the man's egoism and the efforts of the woman to please her companion in life. The man tries to distract the woman's thoughts by buying her drinks and discussing with her things completely irrelevant to the surgery in order to keep her mind focused in a way in which he can reach his goal, that of not bringing their baby to the world. The man's ignorance towards the girl as a whole is highlighted for the reader when he describes what he thinks the operation is like. "It's really an awfully simple operation...I know you wouldn't mind it...it's really not anything. It's just to let the air in." However, there are more issues at hand here than the physical pain the woman is to undertake for the abortion. It is unfortunate for the woman that the man fails to see that there is far more psychological pain for her to go through. It is, after all, a baby she is requested not to have. It is unknown what the previous plans for this baby might have been.
"Hitler's aims and actions were the only cause of World War Two." Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
"Hitler's aims and actions were the only cause of World War Two." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? When considering the reasons for the outbreak of war in 1939 it is easy to place the entire blame on Hitler's aggressive foreign policy in the late 1930s. One British historian, writing a few years after the end of the war, claimed that 'the Second World War was Hitler's personal war, in that he intended it, he prepared for it, he chose the moment for launching it.' In this assignment it is my intention to show that Hitler's foreign policy was a major factor in causing the conflict but that other reasons, both long term and short term, need to be recognised as well. Probably the first factor that need considering is the Treaty of Versailles, of 1919. The harshness of the Treaty and the way in which it blamed Germany for World War I crippled Germany. Much of its territory was taken away from it, including West Prussia that went to form a new Polish Corridor to the sea. Plus the Treaty forced Germany to reduce its army, demilitarise the Rhineland and get rid of its navy. The Treaty also forced harsh reparations for the War resulting in a great deal of the German people resenting the Allies. And it was later that Hitler used the bitter memories of Versailles to gain public support for his actions. Another factor in causing World War II was the Wall Street Crash of
"Hitler's single aim in foreign policy was expand in the east." How far do you agree with this view?
"Hitler's single aim in foreign policy was expand in the east." How far do you agree with this view? Once his regime was consolidated, Hitler took little interest in domestic policy, his sole concern being that Germany becomes sufficiently strong to realize his long-term geopolitical goal of creating a German empire that would dominate Western Europe and extend deep into Russia. His racially motivated ideology and the need to create a greater Germany became his most hierarchical aims to fulfil. However, Hitler's policies were much more than a policy of expansionism but entailed the need to eradicate the Versailles Treaty and the unification of all German people into the Reich. I will argue towards the fact that these aims were as important as expansion into the east. Additionally I will stress that Hitler did not necessarily follow an intentionalist school of thought rather he was an opportunist able to make use of opportunities at hand whilst keeping a consistent aim in ideology. I will conclude that the aims that Hitler set about achieving were merely a step towards world domination through greater Germany. Hitler's idea of expansionism into the east (lebensraum) was in place long before he had come to power. However what differentiates Hitler's ideology from the idea itself is that he was able to imprint his own racial ideology encompassing a large and more threatening
During the previous English lessons we have been reading the play of "Hobson's Choice" by Harold Brighouse furthermore have watched the original film. A theatre critic Nightingale said "the play chronicles a shift between the generation and the sexes" but I believe that he should have added another one "class". Brief summary of play This play is set in Victorian Salford in Manchester. A man called Henry Horatio Hobson who owns a shoe shop. He has 3 daughters who he wants married off (Alice, Vicky and Maggie) with the exception of the eldest Maggie who is 30 years old because he thinks she is too old to get married and she does all the house work and minds the shop while he goes to the Moonrakers and gets drunk. Maggie decides to propose to Willie to get wed Hobson does not like it at all so they walk out to open a rival shoe store with the help of a rich women called Mrs.Hepworth. Class The issue of class is illustrated well throughout the play. Firstly when Hobson makes a fool of himself when Mrs.Hepworth, a very important high class wealthy lady enters the shop to praise Wille for his work on her boats. It is irregular for a high class person to do this to a lower class worker. Tubby Wadlow a worker tells her that Willie has made the pair of shoes than Hobson rudely comes in to the conversation get the wrong impression about what she is saying and begins to talk that he
"Holy books were written hundreds or thousands of years ago - They have nothing to say about the modern world and moral issues" - Discuss.
Holy Scriptures "Holy books were written hundreds or thousands of years ago. They have nothing to say about the modern world and moral issues." ) After reading this, my first thought was that growing up all my life being a Muslim with the Koran always there, I immediately thought that this was completely wrong! But after thinking about it, I realised how I could see the point that it made, and how in some ways it is true. Holy books were written a long time ago and simply cannot have an answer to every problem we face today. Some religious leaders of course conveniently re-interpret their books to keep pace with modern scientific discoveries which they can no longer deny: Evolution, origin of the world, the Big Bang and others, and even for example with Christians, modern things such as genetic engineering, abortion, and using contraceptives, which are not allowed for people such as Catholics except for the first one. The Holy Books don't tell us how to deal with modern day issues, or what to do in modern situations. And also tells us nothing of modern science and discoveries that have happened more then a long time after they were written. And there is nothing about the world wars for example, not telling us anything about them. And some may even say that these Holy Scriptures are no use anymore! That they are just outdated books that do not help us at all
"Wade in the Mud With Me" The conversational style poem, "Home Burial," by Robert Frost depicts a relationship between a man and a woman who are uniquely estranged. There could be many reasons and factors which might account for the lack of healthy communication skills within their marriage, but there are obvious walls that have been built up between them which limit their ability to comfort each other in this time of need. Such a feat (being capable of offering emotional support to a spouse in the face of hardship) is often times an unfortunate struggle in marriages and should be addressed, since it is also one of the most essential characteristics in a long lasting and healthy marriage relationship. This young, New-England couple which Frost has portrayed for us has encountered an extremely unfortunate and anomalous trial within the past few months of their marriage. Despite the fact that they have only been married for two years or so, these almost newlyweds have already experienced the death of their first baby boy. Many couples would be expected to cling to each other if found in a situation like this, and each would rely on the strength of his or her partner. However, from the very beginning of this piece, there is a sense of opposition and division between the two (which is illustrated in their conversation and body language) that does not embody or reflect what
"Hopes and Dreams Help People to Survive, Even if they can Never Become Real"How is this true for George and Lennie/ the characters in 'Of Mice and Men'?
Caroline Seely 11H "Hopes and Dreams Help People to Survive, Even if they can Never Become Real" How is this true for George and Lennie/ the characters in 'Of Mice and Men'? An important theme in 'Of Mice and Men' is that of hopes and dreams. The main dream is that of George and Lennie to own a smallholding and work self-sufficiently. Indeed the story both begins and ends with George narrating the dream to Lennie. As well as George and Lennie other characters such as Candy, Crooks, Curley and Curley's wife have dreams also. All of these hopes and dreams affect the way the characters behave throughout the novel. The book is set during the American depression of the 1930s after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. During this period many Americans struggled to make ends meet. Many left their old lives in the cities of the East, such as Boston or New York, and travelled West to forge new lives for themselves based on agriculture, " An' live off the fatta the lan'." This became the 'American Dream,' this is the dream of George and Lennie. For George the dream serves two main roles. The first is that it makes him strive towards something, giving him ambition and a fantasy of betterment. This makes him a better person because he is careful with his money, doesn't go out drinking or to the brothel, but instead is careful of his responsibilities, "Me an' Lennie's rollin' up a stake, I