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"The decline of literature indicates the decline of the nation."

-J.W. von Goethe

If you love to read everything from Jane Austen's books to the sides of cereal boxes, then a university degree in English literature may be for you. Students of literature get to reada pile of poetry and - usually including the standard canon of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens - and they're given the critical tools to pick those texts apart.

Unsurprisingly, good marks in an English literature degree rely upon good writing skills. To be worthy of the masterpieces they analyse, your essays should be superior pieces of writing. Marked by Teachers can help you reach this lofty goal with our collection of English literature essays. Study the worked examples, and learn to anticipate what your professors expect from a good essay. Before you know it, you'll be your own best editor, and your essays will be better than ever.

English literature students graduate with skills that are useful in most fields of study and work. Many students go on to get higher degrees in the field,or in related subjects like linguistics; others pursue careers in business and administration, journalism, editing, and teaching.


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  • Discuss Poet Mathew Arnold as a poet of Melancholy? As a representative poet?Introduction:- Victorian age was an age of industrial revolution. The first railway train was introduced

    "Conclusion:- In such a world, where faith is absent, love can be the only consolation. Hence the poet asks his beloved to be constant in her love, he tells her that although the world looks new and beautiful like a fairyland, yet it does not have any charm. It is without happiness, love, light, certainty, peace and help. The world in the varied forms appears attractive and charming life ,a land of dreams, but in fact is possesses nothing to heighten the spirit. It is devoid of all good things that fill the world with great and real cheerfulness. The people of the world have lost the real aim of life. They are not better than soldier go on fighting in the darkness of the night. They are so confused that they don't know why and with whom they are fighting similar is the state in which the people of the world are found. They are utterly confused in life and struggle in vain. As they don't know the goal of life, their efforts do not take them anywhere."

  • Discuss the Role and Importance of the First "Flashback" Scene in Death of a Salesman.

    "Conclusion Arthur Miller doesn't just use the flashback as one of Willy's memories but to show Willy's state of mind and that he liked the past better than the present but finds cracks when recalling some of it. It also explains why the present is the way it is because Willy sometimes misled them. The structure helps us to understand it because it shows us how Willy's shame escalated when he realizes all the bad things he did."

  • Discuss the role of the narrator in Die Verwandlung.

    "In conclusion, the narrative in Die Verwandtlung has a disjointed style, swapping between the two styles of normal narrative focalised through Gregor and the narrative that describes Gregor's thoughts to the reader. This style creates unease throughout the story that is reflected by the questions posed by the story, over Gregor's humanity, and the juxtaposing of the real family and surreal transformation in the story. The gap of information given by the two styles of narrative give opportunity for humour, but the humour is also ambivalent, like the narrative, one does not know if it truly is humour this increases the reader's unease. The narrative also tracks the passage of time and makes the reader feel that Gregor was still human to the last. All of these aspects of the narrative combine to give the feeling that the reader cannot be sure of any moral stand-point in the story and is not able to come to complete conclusions - this means the reader is left with questions rather than answers and must therefore involve themselves in the story more."

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