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    Critical Analysis of After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

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    I shall try to give my own: The name of the poem itself is intriguing and somewhat ominous. The decision to call it "After Apple Picking" is telling. The use of the term after conveys a sense of ambiguity and finality- it refers to an obscure period after a definite action. The poem is thus set up as an ambiguous one. Furthermore, the "apple" is introduced as a principal image in the poem. Thus readers are led to visualize the consequences of apple picking and to anticipate the metaphorical allusion of "Apple Picking", readied for the ambiguity of the indeterminate "After".

    • Word count: 2663
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    King Lear Passage Analysis Act IV, Scene 7 (lines 26 - 69)

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    A touching reconciliation between Cordelia and Lear is seen. Lear is dressed in royal robes and is carried to Cordelia while asleep. I will be analysing three aspects of this extract - The characterisation of Cordelia - The portrayal of Lear's restoration (both physical and mental) - The depiction of Cordelia and Lear's reconcilliation Characterisation of Cordelia This extract further the positive portrayal of Cordelia in Act 1 Scene 1 as the paragon of virtue. Here she is shown to be the perfect daughter, dispelling Lear's earlier characterisation of her as "so young and so untender" (I,1).

    • Word count: 1636
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    Comparison of emma and charls in madame bovary

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    Charles had a mother that loved him immensely and would spoil him rotten, whereas Emma lost her mother at a very young age when she was at a convent for her studies. Charles cared truly of his mother as when he was in boarding school he would write a letter to her once a week telling her everything that he was experiencing, as for Emma she really never actually cared, and upon the death of he mother she took it as an opportunity to feel sentimental and be melodramatic like in the novels she would read.

    • Word count: 1714
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    The Stark effects of being absurd in society- The Outsider

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    His indifference leads him to be condemned by a trial. In the early stages of the book Meursault is seen as an adverse individual towards society, one who speaks his consciousness. Camus creates a paradoxical character against the normality of society, which brings out stark differences through the use of Meursault's ability to state facts. This narrative effect can be seen from the opening passage, "Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I don't know. I had a telegram from home: 'Mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow. Yours sincerely.' That doesn't mean anything.

    • Word count: 1224
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    Portrayal of colonisers and the colonised in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness

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    The reason was because of a misunderstanding about some hence. The Danish man is, or rather was, described as " the gentlest, quietest creature that ever walked on two legs". This statement makes it even more clear how much the coloniser was marked by being in a colony and how many of them went from being absolutely normal to become crazy. Another example of this can be exemplified by the doctor who examines Marlowe when he is going out to work in the colony. He says that most of the men he examines never return, that they disappears out there.

    • Word count: 1656
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    Character development of Shukhov in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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    As his life starts to move on, his carriers and thinking also changes with respect to his position. Then he became soldier of the Second World War but after that he could not go to his free living life of farmers and captured by Germans. Now, the life and thinking of Shukhov is in the hands of the authority of the special camp. His life is totally changed, he does not think about his life and does not plan what he have to do for the next day. He is even no longer free to think. 1"During his years in prisons and camps he'd lost his habit of planning for the next day, for a year ahead, for supporting his family.

    • Word count: 1739
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    Death of a Salesman. Many symbols are included in the play. The tennis racquet, the seeds and the house are some of these symbols.

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    The tennis racquet, the seeds and the house are some of these symbols. The tennis racquet which w***y observes is an obvious representation of Bernard's success and Biff's failure. Biff and Happy, who hope to make a fortune out of selling sports equipment, are revolving their lives around sport. Ironically, Bernard, who stood on the sidelines in high school while Biff played sports, now owns the tennis racquet. After spending a lifetime pursuing the unsuccessful American dream, w***y realises he has never left behind any accomplishments for his children in his name. The seeds represent the legacy that w***y will never leave with his family.

    • Word count: 629
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    How do Medea and Hedda Gabler combine tradition and unconventionality within their roles as women in a constraining society?

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    Right at the beginning of the play when the Nurse, who is privy to all domestic events, describes the couple's serene and idyllic cohabitation: Medea had "come with Jason and her children to live here... in Corinth; where, coming as an exile, she has earned... the citizens' welcome; while to Jason she is all... obedience-and in marriage that's the saving thing... when a wife obediently accepts her husband's will." This in itself does not show an unconventional occurrence, in fact, Medea winning the approval of the people of Corinth just goes to show how well she did fit the mould of a traditional Greek wife; otherwise she would not have integrated into the Corinthian society so successfully.

    • Word count: 1995

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