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  1. Mother Courage and her children by Brecht

    Eilif sings the "Ballad of the Girl and the soldier" and dances a sword dance. Courage adds a verse in which the foolhardy soldier dies in an icy river. > Poland, 1629 Swiss Cheese has been made regimental paymaster. The war has taken a good turn and Courage feels her business prospects look good. Yvette Pottier, the camp prostitute, throws aside her hat and red boots and complains that her business is low now that it is known she has a Venereal Disease.

    • Word count: 5101
  2. Elizabethan and Jacobean drama

    Immediately after this exchange between the two Face retires to get the 'Lady' and returns with Dol Common in tow 'richly dressed' in her guise as a noble woman. We are then privy to an excruciating and hilarious conversation between the Lady and Mammon in which Mammon extravagantly praises Dol alluding to her beauty and nobility " There is a strange nobility I' your eye, this lip, that chin..."(IV, I, 55) He continues to court her with his words whilst Face watches on in disbelief until unable to contain his amusement any longer face leaves the room.

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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. What do you find interesting about Shakespeare's presentation of deception in 'Much Ado About Nothing'?

    Claudio professes his love for Hero - 'in mine eye she is the sweetest lady...' - and Don Pedro decides to woo her for him. This deception plays a major part in introducing the theme of the play. The unexpected eagerness of Don Pedro, the highly respected Prince of Arragon, to participate in this scheme instantly presents deception as tolerable and fabricates an expectancy of further deceptive schemes; it also infers a characteristic attribute of management and organisation of other people's lives, and an authority to intervene in these lives while maintaining a degree of emotional detachment.

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  7. 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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  8. First Impressions of Beatrice and Benedick - Much ado about Nothing.

    She could be jealous that Benedick has someone to defend him and she doesn't, but it may also be that he has chosen to be alone rather than to be with her. This is especially shown when she suggests that a fool's weapon is the most appropriate for him. 'He set up his bills here in Messina, and challenged Cupid at the flight: and my uncle's fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid and challenged him at the birdbolt.' - Page 66, Lines 29-31 By using Cupid in this little story about Benedick, it shows that Beatrice is thinking about love and Benedick together and also that she is intelligent enough to make up a story so easily.

    • Word count: 910
  9. To What Extent Is El Médico de su Honra principally a Play about Honour?

    Although it was a completely innocent act, on seeing Arias leaving Leonor's house at night, Gutierre felt that his honour had been damaged and so broke off the engagement. There is doubt as to Leonor's honour after this incident, and she spends the play fighting to regain her honour; 'ya que es imposible que yo cobre, / pues se cas´┐Ż, mi honor' (667-8). The King, Leonor and Gutierre are all very honest characters, guided by moral principles, which follow the code of honour.

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  10. Much Ado About Nothing … and love and wit and men and women…

    The audience learns of some form of failed relationship between the two from the past ('He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged Cupid at the/flight') and we - just as the audience at the play's very first performance - are able to gauge insight into the real reason behind the war or words between them. Just as relevant to the relationships between men and women today, it is easy to understand that their clever quips and insults stem from a source of greater hurt or embarrassment than simple dislike.

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  11. Explore Shakespeare's Presentation of Relationships in Messina.

    Hero and Claudio's relationship is by far the most inevitable and traditional relationship of Love within the play. Shakespeare used these two shy characters to portray what seems like a fairytale relationship at first between two people who barely know eachother. Claudio plays the role of the corny, romantic boy who falls in love with Hero at first sight. This type of character is found in many of Shakespeare's plays, eg: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Claudio is portrayed as quite a serious character, whereas on the other hand, his friend Benedick is loud and witty.

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  12. Act II, Scene II - Analyse Friel's dramatic presentation in this scene and how the scene contributes to the themes of the play as a whole.

    Whilst "they run hand in hand" they "leap across the ditch" just as if, as Yolland indicates, they were being chased. All this dramatic action emphasises the point that Yolland and Maire, manage together (hand in hand), interdependent on one another, to transcend the social impositions which are placed on them by their cultural and linguistic circles by taking that 'leap' which can only be achieved through their united effort regardless of the potential consequences it poses. The very fact that they are being 'chased', as if fugitives, underlines the social and cultural pressures each one faces within their respective communities and each one earnestly wants to break free from conforming to such constraints.

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  13. The song "Express Yourself" by Madonna has contradictory messages.

    The theme of s****l liberation present in the lyrics is also suggested in the title, "Express Yourself". I interpreted the line "What you need is a big strong hand to lift you to your higher ground/ Make you feel like a queen on a throne/ Make him love you till you can't come down," as s****l innuendo. I did this taking the lyrics at face value and also since s*x is a recurrent theme in Madonna's songs. Another theme in the song is the idea that women should not settle for anything/ anyone less than "best".

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  14. Dramatic Quality of the Central Scenes in 'Dr Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe.

    They also contribute to plot development in that they help further the play's themes. For example, the scenes with Robin and Rafe (scenes 6 and 8) parallel the main plot. Although the pace here is faster, one must remember that the central scenes are relatively short, so the meaning and purpose of including these scenes must be more obvious. The comedy in these scenes adds to the tragedy of Faustus, showing comedy against Faustus as he is given great powers but uses them to perform petty tricks, therefore ridiculing his character and making the themes more complex.

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  15. 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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  16. 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.

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  17. 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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