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  1. Daughter of Kami: Shinto and Christian themes in 'Nausica of the Valley of the Wind'

    For ease of reference to the film, I use names and terms as they appear in the English-dubbed version of Nausica� released in 2005, to convey the Shinto and Christian elements found in the film, looking at broad themes as well as symbols. Film synopsis The story in Nausica� takes place a thousand years after a global war, the "Seven Days of Fire." Great Warriors, biological weapons with nuclear capabilities, destroyed everything. However, enclaves of surviving human colonies exist throughout the Fukai, or the Sea of Decay.

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  2. Compare and contrast the views on human nature and conflict of any two of the following thinkers: Thucydides, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Schmitt, Morgenthau, Kissinger or Mearscheimer. Machiavelli and Thucydides

    � For Machiavelli, man is alone and helpless in this world. Even if God is perhaps friend to the valiant and he, or Christ, may at times bring some relief to the wretched, man's condition in this world remains disconsolate.1 Human Nature in Machiavelli is a simple concept. It would not do Machiavelli's reputation justice to miss out what he 'generally' thinks of 'all men': ...one can generally say this about men: they are ungrateful, fickle simulators and deceivers, avoiders of danger, and greedy for gain. While you work for their benefit they are completely yours, offering you their blood...when the need to do so is far away.

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  3. The supernatural in Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient mariner" & the uncanny in Hoffman's the "Sandman"

    Whereas Uncanny '' has to do with a sense of strangeness, mystery or eeriness. More particularly it concerns a sense of familiarity which appears at the very heart of the familiar, or else a sense of familiarity which appears at the very heart of the unfamiliar.'' (An Introduction to literature, Criticism and Theory, 1995, p.33'). The "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", discusses a story in how a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole ; and how from thence it made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean ; and of the strange things that befell ; and in what manner the Ancient Mariner came back to his own Country.

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  4. "Prometheus Unbound" and Shelley's Prefatory Defense Against Critics

    In later works, like The Excursion, he preached against pessimism, and in other works, like Michael, A Pastoral Poem, he depicted the demise of man's grace in the face of modern industrialized society. He meant to urge his fellow man to become more in tune with the essential passions that are first learned during that time of innocence, which we call youth. He believed that mass media and mass culture threatened to reduce our mind's "discriminatory powers" to a state of "savage torpor" (Abrams 575).

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  5. Poetry Defined by Romantics Though Lord Byron described William Wordsworth as "crazed beyond all hope"

    Coleridge states in his Biographia Literia that "the definition sought for be that of a legitimate poem, must be one the parts of which mutually support and explain each other; all in their proportion harmonizing with and supporting the purpose and known influences of metrical arrangement" (481). This statement illustrates Coleridge's opinion that in order to be a poem, the composition must be properly structured and composed so that all of the sentences create an identifying rhythm while still representing a single purpose.

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  6. In this sense, we will represent Felicia Hemans: "The Grave of a Poetess". Sensibility is appear obviously in this poem which succeed in transferring the human suffer among its verses

    The images of woman on the eighteenth century, was one source of the figure of the domestic woman. Within the culture of the Romantic period, the main role for woman was taking care of children, house and husband. Literature in that era, was influenced by sensibility, and seems to celebrate feeling and femininity. Although sensibility appears among males' poems, most of them refuse sensibility and consider it as a type of feminine. Many of Wordsworth's poems return to the literature of sensibility, such as the distress suffered by a young woman and meeting an old man on the roadside.

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  7. What view of human nature does Stevenson present in the novel, 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'?

    On more than one occasion he is described as being deformed. Upon meeting him Utterson sees Hyde as 'pale and dwarfish; he gave an impression of deformity without any notable malformation.' Enfield also states "he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point." I believe these statements tell us that although there is nothing physically wrong with him, his appearance lacks certain traits that make him recognisable as human. I believe that these are the refinements that humans acquired during the evolutionary process. These are the traits that separate man from beast, and Stevenson makes it clear that Hyde is missing these, giving the distinct feeling that

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  8. What is the meaning of Wordsworth's claim that he grew up 'foster'd alike by beauty and by fear' (I:306)?

    early 19th century, it is useful to consider book I in the light of Edmund Burke's influential text A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), which established many aspects of aesthetic thinking for the Romantics. Wordsworth is concerned with the workings of the mind in relation to nature and sees the sublime and the beautiful as two critical areas of human life. Fair seed-time had my soul, and I grew up Foster'd alike by beauty and by fear; Much favour'd in my birthplace, and no less In that beloved Vale to which, erelong, I was transplanted.

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  9. Present an analysis of how the composers of your two prescribed texts (Brave New World and Blade Runner) present their concern for humanity and its relationship with the natural world and nature's influence on human behaviour and human interaction.

    But are the concerns of these worlds purely imaginative? Or have Huxley and Scott simply analysed the advancement of technology and consumerism in their own contexts, in order to create a future world that is dehumanised and unnatural? Consider our context Year 12, and welcome to the future. By deliberately contrasting the setting of the 'conventional' world state, to the 'wild' Malpais, Huxley challenges the humanity's value in a genetically engineered world. In Chapter One, we are oriented to the technologically 'perfect' world state of "Community.

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  10. "Medieval writers were much better at starting dreams than finishing them." Consider the problems of ending in medieval dream narratives.

    in Pearl. Equally, Chaucer's narrator explicitly draws attention to the parallel between his own vision and "th'avysyoun of 'kyng Scipoun'". The sense in which both poems can be read as semi-autobiographical, as love allegories or as presenting dreams as miraculous or religious visions complicates a view of dream poetry as a self-enclosed fantasy, with straightforward beginnings and endings. The dream in The Book of the Duchess may be seen to offer something of an imaginative, more comic, fantastical escape, yet neither the narrator nor the reader is ever allowed to forget the permanence of death, in both sleeping and waking life.

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  11. In my opinion, however, the funniest Kaufman's script was his least unknown, the daring and extremely amusing look at the nature of human and civilization in his 2001 (but not until 2002 was it released worldwide) "Human Nature".

    She was happy to be among the nature where no animal judge her for her repulsive body hair. However the basic animal instinct in her, the thirst for another s*x, begins to make her miss the precious company of men and so she returns to civilization. Lila turned to use electrolysis shaving to get rid of her body hair and begins a somewhat odd relationship with Nathan Bronfman. Nathan happens to be an etiquette psychologist who tries to teach mice and Lila table manners.

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  12. Attitudes to London in William Blakes 'London' and William Wordsworths 'Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    It asks questions about God, brutal reality and how we equate God with today's society. Even on Blake's deathbed he was still singing about all of the wonderful things that he saw in heaven. The romantic poet, William Wordsworth shared Blake's passion for God, he was a pantheist. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in the Lake District in1770 and he died in the Lake District in 1850. He enjoyed a good childhood, despite being orphaned at the age of thirteen. He always loved the hills, lakes and the rural atmosphere in his hometown, which was later to become the inspiration for his poetry.

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  13. William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939).

    "LEDA AND THE SWAN" by William Butler Yeats 1. A sudden blow: the great wings beating still 2. Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed 3. By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, 4. He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. 5. How can those terrified fingers push 6. The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? 7. How can anybody, laid in that white rush, 8. But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? 9. A shudder in the loins, engenders there 10. The broken wall, the burning roof and tower 11. And Agamemnon dead.

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  14. Therefore it is necessary for me to explore the different techniques and meanings behind each poem. 'A London Fete' which was written in 1890 by Coventry Patmore

    "To windows, where, in freedom sweet, others enjoy the wicked treat." If they disagreed with the execution they wouldn't have been enjoying the scene. This contrasts with the opinions of people in today's society, as they view execution as being against all human rights. However, the other poem doesn't give direct views from the public but we can tell the authors opinions of them. "The very houses seem asleep: And all that mighty heart is lying still" Here, the poet is using personification by referring the people of London to a 'Mighty' heart.

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  15. 'Explore how personal and universal loneliness are portrayed in three of Thomas Hardy's poems'

    Hardy goes on as "With candles mooning each face". This shows the closeness of a family, as an atmosphere of them being close is created. The recognized connotations of 'candles' are, purity, innocence, hope, and in some cases, a new start of happiness. We can also consider this as seasons according to the mood and feeling of the sequence of the family movements. He then in contrast shows the harshness in nature, and its roles. "How the sick leaves reel down in throngs".

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  16. Discuss the importance of the concept of ideal beauty in the evolution of western art between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

    God's) (Fernie, p.63) original design; the original idea. Since nature is made of matter and matter is always unequal, nature creates an imperfect version of its original essence. For a painter to create true beauty then it becomes necessary for that painter to imitate not the illusionary material representation of the idea but the perfect essence of it found only in the idea. Achieving the ideal in art, for Bellori, is an intellectual pursuit since the idea is an imagined form, an 'exemplar of the mind' (Ibid.). It requires a relentless pursuit of natural beauty, and from selecting the most perfect parts the artist fits them together intellectually and imaginatively to form a new and more perfect whole.

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  17. Write a detailed analysis of 'Michael' and two of Wordsworth's sonnets - Discuss similarities and differences between these poems and give a personal response.

    Wordsworth uses blank verse in 'Michael'. This style is very rhythmic and regular, getting the reader to read it simply and plainly. Wordsworth was a very skilled man while writing, using many literary tricks. Enjambment is often used, "With a few sheep and kite That overhead that overhead are sailing the sky" This particular use of enjambment is used to symbolise the kite gliding through the air, gracefully. Similes are rarely used, when used they include themes and subjects not related to the story itself, but including it gives an extra theme or dimension to think of while reading, you can think of personal parallels between the poems theme and the simile's included theme.

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  18. Nature in relation to William Wordsworth and John Clare's Poetry.

    Of all the poets, Wordsworth is the one most renowned for his appreciation, and dedication to nature. Where he differs from the rest is that he truly believed in the spirit of nature, and genuinely enjoyed being outside and experiencing it. Wordsworth always thought the best way to learn was to learn from nature itself, he did not believe that sitting at a desk reading books was truly beneficial. In his poem 'Expostulation and Reply' his "good friend Matthew" asked him why he sits outside alone, and dreams his time away.

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  19. With reference to the poems of Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorcas tudied in the course, discuss the uses of poetry and the ways in which the three writers exploit this medium.

    He has therefore, used nature to mirror himself. The cold images of stone and marble in the poem, like the statue of Cupid, communicate a lack of expression on the poet's part. With Cupid having connotations of love and with the statue being constructed from stone it is possible to say that Machado finds it difficult to express love. Antonio Machado, in this respect, has exploited the medium, with nature as a main theme, to reflect himself to the reader. In displaying his lack of love through poetry, he is able to get across exactly what he wants to say by emphasising aspects with repetition, rhyme and other stylistic features.

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  20. "Trio", by Edwin Morgan, is a poem that deals with a chance encounter one winter evening in Glasgow.

    All of these are seen as having positive influences on people, and concepts that will be elaborated on later in the poem are introduced to the reader's mind with this title. The opening section of "Trio" is effective in a variety of ways, both technically and in 'setting the scene' for the reader. Significant detail is used to establish a particular setting - in this case, "Buchanan Street", in Glasgow, on a "Sharp winter evening", where the poet notices "A young man and two girls" - presumably the "Trio" that is to feature in the poem.

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  21. How do Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and what other influences are there in their poetry?

    Though the poets, Blake and Wordsworth were both named under the 'Romantics,' their views on nature were highly comparable. Blake proclaimed the dominance of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th century and saw nature through a pessimistic eye, whereas Wordsworth, who lived in the Lake District for most of his life, saw nature as the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings that took its origin 'from emotion recollected in tranquility.' The content of the poem 'Westminster Bridge,' composed by Wordsworth, historically, takes place during the mid-Industrial Revolution and 'Ships, towers, domes, theatres...'

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  22. Dickinson's Manifold Self in "'Hope' is the thing with feathers" and "There's a certain Slant of light".

    Her work is multifaceted not through inclusion, but through rarefaction and what W.S. Merwin calls "giving utterance to the unutterable." Because the unutterable seems to take most of its power from silence, Emily Dickinson's silences illustrate the strength of her poetic language: an ability to encompass the manifold self into the word. The greatest tragedy is when Dickinson's poems undergo reduction at the hand of a critic: the various other selves that are alive in a poem become forgotten at the expense of clarity. In "'Hope' is the thing with feathers," most critics focus on the definitive nature of the poem, even dubbing it one of her "definition-poems" because words placed in quotations are often words she questions (McNeil 109).

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  23. Which is the most impressive and moving of John Clare's asylum poems?

    He formed friendships with Charles Lamb and other literary figures, and was granted the sum of �45 a year by wealthy patrons. The vogue for rustic poets did not last long however, and his popularity faded during the 1830s. The situation was made worse by his publishers, who insisted on 'correcting' Clare's individual style and use of dialect, to make his verse fit contemporary notions of poetic convention. Clare's attempts to writ like other poets of his day, as well as his financial worries, put tremendous strain on his mind, an in 1837 he was admitted to a mental asylum in High Beach, Epping.

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  24. What are the differences between the humour in Aristophanes' "The Frogs" and "The Wasps"?

    The central Dionysiac emblem was the long limp p*****s sewn onto the tights of male characters. The p*****s was a constant opportunity for comic business, and made heroism a physical impossibility. The shocking and grotesque nature of the costumes highlights the vulgar and very visual nature of Aristophanic comedy. This kind of costume would have been worn in both "The Wasps" and "The Frogs", although different aspects of this attire would have the audience's attention drawn to in the plays. In "The Wasps" Procleon helps the slave girl onto the stage with his p*****s, making the joke that "it's a bit old and worn", whereas in "The Frogs" there is no actual reference to the p*****s, we can only assume that this convention was also used in the play, adding to the very visual humour.

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  25. How does the use of symbolism inform our understanding of the central female characters in the novels 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and 'Precious Bane'?

    She is fascinated with nature and is very attuned to its presence. As her elaborate descriptions suggest, nature is, to her, a central character in the story, and perhaps her only friend. For example, Antoinette's recurring forest dream contrast with the Jamaican colourful brightness that she is so used to, as her nightmare, that is also a premonition, takes place among "tall dark trees" that lead to an enclosed stone garden. Following a sinister and faceless man, Antoinette finds herself in a foreign place.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Write a detailed analysis of 'Michael' and two of Wordsworth's sonnets - Discuss similarities and differences between these poems and give a personal response.

    "I find all the poems to be enjoyable and quite entertaining. They also express Wordsworth's philosophy in very simple stories. The stories are all assumed by me to be true, due to the use of names of places, and their correct detailed descriptions. All poems are similar in theme, using love, nature and God as prominent aspects. My favourite poem is 'It is a beauteous evening..', a sonnets format is very attractive to the ear, with regular rhyme and beat. The theme is very relaxing and beautifully written, words like 'calm', 'quiet', 'nun' and 'gentleness' are all used, they give a loving image of nature and people. Using contrast between words also evokes emotion, such as 'thunder' to describe the rowdy sea. The moral of the sonnet a good one too, it is introduced in the sestet, while the octave describes the surroundings and the mood. In the sestet it describes a girl who, despite appearances, is as close to God, and appreciative of nature as her companion is. For all these reasons, in my personal opinion, I believe 'It is a beauteous evening..' is best at sending over it's message, while also giving entertainment, though I thought all were very good. 1 English Coursework Final Draft-Aled Jones"

  • On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff - Compare and contrast the ways in which two poets communicate feelings about the passing of time

    "In conclusion, both poems use similar techniques to portray the feelings in each one. The poems are different in what they are trying to convey yet the similar methods seem to be suitable in both cases. On Wenlock Edge is telling the story of nature's long battle with man and its destructive manner. The uses of alliteration, repetition and tone help show how over a long period of time nature wins its battles. In Beeny Cliff the poem is told through the eyes of a man whose mood changes in the poem. At the beginning he is happy and contented but by the end he is sadder and shows the change over a short amount of time. Both poems convey negative feelings with their tones. On Wenlock Edge and Beeny Cliff use nature mainly to describe feelings and time but On Wenlock Edge shows the everlasting way of nature while Beeny Cliff uses nature to portray people's feelings."

  • Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "It is hard to come to any definite conclusion as to where Marx and Emerson stand as regards their concepts of nature, but what I have tried to show is that the fact that Marx can be shown to be a techno-centric productivist and that Emerson can be shown to be in reverence of the unfathomable wonders of spiritual nature does not mean that Emerson is the head and Marx is the tail of eco-philosophy coin, and neither does it necessarily mean that Emerson is more "deep - green" than Marx, although it may at first look like it."

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