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  1. The Long, the Short and the Tall

    The play raises many issues mainly one being "war," which is addressed in the whole first act. The five patrol members have no awareness of battle and are unable to come to terms with their situation. However, until the Japanese prisoner came, none of the inexperienced soldiers have been faced with the possibility of cold murder in war. When the Japanese solider first enters the reality clicks in, but just for a moment. It demonstrates the military sensibility towards the prisoner that murder is only the safe option.

    • Word count: 2055
  2. Annalise Carter

    I concluded that what he had gone to see was wether he could find Mammy and the baby". This confusion subsides momentarily although does not disappear as the novel progresses. We observe Tee in her new life with her Aunt Tantie. It is here that Tee experiences the traditional part of her culture in an urban, lower class home. Although her life is not full of riches and expensive education she learns many other life skills that make her streetwise and that will be an integral part of her personality for years to come. It is here that Tee learns urban skills, to be independent like her aunt Tantie and to stand up for herself.

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  3. Much Ado About Nothing is a play in which language is a key focus.

    In the way Shakespeare uses prose rather blank verse, in my opinion I believe he's trying not to make class a big issue in terms of socialising. For example the only time the speech changes from prose into blank verse is due to class, as when characters like Dogberry are speaking to characters with a higher social class i.e. Don Pedro, Claudio, Leonato and Antonio at the confession scene (Act V scene ?). Shakespeare does this to show how fickle the characters are to class, which also relates to the public, as there is a divide between social classes in society.

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  4. Comment on the two following scenes: Much Ado About Nothing Act II Scene iii and Love's Labour's Lost Act IV Scene iii.

    The character of Benedick, within Much Ado About Nothing openly scorns and disdains the notion of love. His misogynistic beliefs are emphasized in his opening soliloquy of Act II Scene iii where he criticizes Claudio for becoming 'the argument of his own scorn by falling in love' (II.iii.11-12). However Benedick never completely dismisses the possibility that he may eventually be 'made an oyster of' (II.iii.25), and in preparation he contemplates all the graces he expects his woman to have. ...Rich she shall be, that's certain; wise, or I'll none; virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her; fair, or I'll never look

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  5. Look at Act 1 Scene 1 again of 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare. How does Shakespeare establish the central themes in this opening scene?

    The word nothing could be subdivided into 'no' and 'thing' meaning the title of the play would read in theory 'Much Ado about women.' This Appearance versus reality or deception theme is then firstly picked up at beginning of act one when a messenger is talking of the count Claudio of Florence who we will meet later in the play. The messenger states: "..doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion." This is a subtle hint on Shakespeare's behalf suggesting the aforementioned appearance versus reality circumstance.

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  6. Compare and contrast the two love stories ("Peleus and Thetis"; "Ariadne and Theseus") in Catullus' Poem 64.

    Catullus gives an ethical critique on the moral failings of mankind, and the resulting disdain of the gods. It is possible that the two love stories, combined with their larger mythical cycles, mirror the corruption of relationships in Catullus' own time. The stories must then be examined together in order to grasp the specific similarities and contrasts that the collective myths impart.5 The wedding of Peleus and Thetis and its ekphrasis of the story of Theseus' desertion of Ariadne are linked thematically in numerous ways.

    • Word count: 2621
  7. Theme of Love and War.

    Coming just a few years before the start of the Great War, Shaw's play turned out to be sadly prophetic. When war was declared, young men literally flooded the offices in order to sign up. These men carried with them the same romantic - and wholly innacurate - ideas of the "glories" of war that Raina and her mother Catherine carry with them at the start of the play. Over the course of the play, Raina loses this romantic ideal in favour of a far more productive and accurate version that allows her to find true love.

    • Word count: 2154

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  • To What Extent Is El Médico de su Honra principally a Play about Honour?

    "A final theme that should be discussed is that of fate. Many incidents occur that all aid in pushing the play towards its conclusion. The first example is before the start of the play when Gutierre sees Arias leaving the house of his betrothed, Leonor. He breaks off their engagement and marries Menc�a. At the beginning of Act 1, Enrique enters the scene as he falls off his horse. This physically fall is a hint at what is to come; the fall from honour of Enrique, by pursuing a married woman. Another clue as to the future of characters is when Pedro hands Enrique his dagger and it cuts the King's hand. The audience, knowing the history of the two half brothers, know that Enrique kills Pedro, but this occurrence also serves to indicate the death of Menc�a. In my mind, El M�dico de su Honra is principally about honour. Although I have mentioned other themes in this essay, they are all linked in some way to honour. Therefore, honour is present in every situation. Each character thinks of honour at some point because it is extremely easy to lose it, as we have seen from Gutierre, who is dishonoured just by the thought that his wife is being dishonest. Claire Blackburn, St Peter's"

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